West Ham United will reportedly have to pay £15 million to Manchester United in order to permanently acquire the services of Jesse Lingard this summer.
An exclusive report from TransferMarketWeb has offered an update on Jesse Lingard’s situation at West Ham United. The on-loan Manchester United playmaker has been able to revive his career under David Moyes, with the London giants now keen on acquiring his services permanently in the upcoming summer transfer window.
As such, Manchester United are now demanding a fee of around £15 million for Lingard, whose contributions in the final third have been critical in helping the Hammers mount a shocking challenge for the European places during the second half of the campaign.
Indeed, West Ham have collected a total of nine wins in the Premier League since the turn of the year, with Lingard being involved in a total of eight goals. It is quite an impressive tally for a player who was largely written off at Old Trafford, even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did not reportedly fancy his departure in January amid fears over the lack of depth.
In the end, it appears the arrival of Amad Diallo from Atalanta was enough to convince the Norwegian to offload Lingard on a short-term loan deal to West Ham.
The Red Devils had also boasted the services of effective creative outlets like Bruno Fernandes, Donny van de Beek, Juan Mata and Daniel James among many others, so the decision to let the Englishman wasn’t a particularly difficult one.
Even in the long-term, Manchester United are unlikely to be fazed by the permanent departure of Lingard, especially as Solskjaer looks ahead to a potential transition by getting rid of old guards like Nemanja Matic and Mata.
Even star players like Paul Pogba has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford and it has been complemented with speculations that suggest a potential move for Petro Neto in the summer. It points to a squad overhaul which may well have included the departure of Lingard in any case.
It does bode well for West Ham, though, as they continue with the Englishman operating as their creator-in-chief in the number ten role. Even the player himself will undoubtedly prefer a permanent move to the London Stadium, as he seeks to redeem himself following two disappointing seasons at Old Trafford.