Manchester United could cause West Ham a Jesse Lingard problem, while Pep Guardiola’s transfer truth is revealed – both in all the latest Paper Talk.
MAN UTD MOVE GOALPOSTS FOR LINGARD
Manchester United could increase Jesse Lingard’s valuation by almost double following his excellent West Ham form, a report claims.
Lingard’s resurgence in east London has proved one of the feel-good stories of the Premier League season. The 28-year-old, who had become frozen out at United, left on loan in January. As such, he has come back into the top flight with a bang, scoring five goals and assisting three others in seven games.
However, he also reclaimed his place in the England squad last month and is firmly in the hunt for a spot at Euro 2020.
Amid his rise in form, though, The Sun on Sunday claims that United are ready to ’cause a problem’ for West Ham over their plans to sign him on a permanent deal.
The Hammers did not negotiate a purchase option in the deal, which could come at a cost.
Indeed, United were willing to sell Lingard for £20million when he signed up to his loan spell. Now, they rate his fee far higher and it could reach £40million.
The newspaper adds that such a price could prove too much for West Ham amid the cost of the pandemic.
MOYES EASY OVER LINGARD DEAL
Hammers boss David Moyes told a press conference (via the Mail on Sunday): “We were just avoiding relegation last year when we signed Tomas [Soucek]. We brought him in to help us avoid relegation. And Declan Rice was playing in that relegation team.
“And I’m also asked about keeping Jesse Lingard when we brought him to give him some games. So, to suddenly turn around and say we need to make the Champions League to keep them.
“Well, I think all those boys would be saying a massive thank you to West Ham for actually helping them get their careers back on track and putting them in the right direction.
“If we make the Champions League, I don’t see that has to be the reason that we can keep them.”
Lingard is in a scrap with the likes of Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount for a role with England this summer.
AND THE REST FROM PAPER TALK
Borussia Dortmund chief Sebastian Kehl has admitted that the club may not be able to keep Erling Haaland this summer. (Goal)
But despite Pep Guardiola ruling out a raid for the striker, he remains Manchester City’s top target. Indeed, he has overtaken Barcelona’s Lionel Messi on that list. (Sunday Mirror)
Haaland is believed to want to move to Real Madrid. However, Madrid will wait for the Norwegian to make the first move. (AS)
Manchester United will offer midfielder Juan Mata a new one-year deal this summer. (Daily Star Sunday)
SOLSKJAER SHUTS DOWN AGUERO TALK
Meanwhile, Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shut down a potential raid for Sergio Aguero. (Sunday Mirror)
Solskjaer has also revealed that Donny van de Beek has returned to Manchester with a spring in his step following the international break. (Sunday Mirror)
However, Crystal Palace striker Michy Batshuayi has been urged to be more careful by manager Roy Hodgson after hitting out at his lack of game time while away with Belgium. (Sunday Mirror)
NEWCASTLE PUT ONUS ON PLAYERS
Newcastle bosses have put the impetus back on the players to avoid relegation after refusing to sack boss Steve Bruce. (Mail on Sunday)
Jetro Willems and Andros Townsend could return to St James’ Park this summer. (Newcastle Chronicle)
WOLVES EYE SHEFF UTD RAID
Wolves are looking at a move for Sheffield United striker Oli McBurnie. (Sun on Sunday)
But the Gunners could sell Bukayo Saka in order to fund a permanent move for Martin Odegaard. (Sunday Times)