Jesse Lingard’s representatives have reportedly warned that they will not accept Manchester United using their client as a transfer makeweight this summer.
Lingard has burst back onto the scene in the second half of this season after his United struggles. Indeed, the 28-year-old has directly contributed to 12 goals in nine games since joining West Ham on loan. As such, he could cap off a remarkable spell with a spot in England’s Euro 2020 squad.
However, his future beyond the summer tournament remains unclear.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted on Wednesday that Bruno Fernandes’ form has largely kept Lingard out of the team.
He added, though, that he would welcome the midfielder back into the team amid his return to form.
Nevertheless, the prospect of a permanent move away from Old Trafford remains on the cards. Goal reports that his form has led to ‘enquiries’ from English and overseas clubs, including West Ham.
However, the report states that Lingard’s agents have insisted that they will not accept their client being a makeweight in United‘s other transfer plans.
United reportedly continue to monitor Hammers midfielder Declan Rice, a long-term target.
While he would command a sizeable fee, the Red Devils could well tempt West Ham by offering Lingard.
But Lingard’s entourage are fully against that move and would voice their opposition to it if it came to fruition.
Solskjaer offers Lingard transfer thoughts
For his part, Lingard reportedly remains unsure as to what to do with his future. However, he would want more minutes at United if he returned to his permanent club.
“Jesse has been brilliant since he left,” Solskjaer told reporters at his press conference on Wednesday.
“Selfishly, we could have kept him because he’s always got a part to play. Jesse is a fantastic lad around the place, he’s Man Utd through and through, and never once did he moan or cause me a problem.
“He just came in and worked really hard and he deserved a chance to play more football, that’s why we let him go to West Ham because he deserved a chance for what’s he’s done throughout his life for Man Utd.
“We will welcome him back. I hope he’ll go to the Euros with his performances now and the confidence he has got. I don’t think that’s beyond him, and I hope he has a strong finish to the league.
“Then, it was different here because Bruno [Fernandes] the form he has shown and he played arguably in Jesse’s favoured position and that was just a decision we made. I’m delighted for Jesse and wish him all the best for the rest of the season until he comes back.”