Jesse Lingard could have a future at Manchester United after all, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly sanctioning a new Old Trafford deal for the rejuvenated midfielder.
The 28-year-old found game time hard to come by under Solskjaer and was forced to leave the club on loan in January when he moved to West Ham. However, Lingard is in sensational for the Hammers, notching five goals and two assists in seven Premier League outings.
His form is so impressive that it led to an England recall, with Lingard starting Thursday night’s 5-0 win over San Marino.
The report states that Solskjaer has been blown away by Lingard’s reversal of fortunes and want him back for next season.
Despite freezing the midfielder out, the Red Devils boss has always had a soft spot for the player.
United are even considering offering Lingard a new contract, with his current £100,000-a-week deal due to expire in 2022. At that point he would then be able to quit the club on a free.
A new deal would also allow Solskjaer’s men to preserve Lingard’s value if he does continue his upward curve.
But United still face a fight to keep the playamker, with West Ham desperate to seal a summer transfer.
Much will also depend on Lingard’s desire to remain in Manchester, knowing that he may drop down the pecking order again.
However, if United do decide to sell the report adds that they want in excess of £20m, given the player’s rapid return to form.
Summer Haaland fee emerges
Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund have set Manchester United and Chelsea target Erling Haaland’s summer transfer fee at £154million, a report claims.
Haaland has become one of the world’s most coveted players following his rise since the start of last season. The striker, who netted on his Champions League debut, has scored 33 goals in 31 games this season. In addition, he has notched 20 Champions League goals faster than any other player and is the youngest to do so.
The Norwegian’s contract features a €75million (£64million) release clause which activates in summer 2022.
However, those keen could be willing to pay the extra this year to ensure they do not miss out on a generational talent.
The extra money teams would have to pay has proved a topic of debate in recent weeks; reports have touted that Dortmund would want at least £100million for their star man.
According to ESPN, however, Dortmund have made it clear that they want €180million (£154million).