Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reluctantly agreed to loan out midfielder Jesse Lingard this month.
The 28-year-old has yet to play a single minute in the Premier League or Champions League and was instead limited to just three outings in cup competitions, but it was understood that Solskjaer wanted to keep Lingard as an emergency save .
However, as ESPN noted, Solskjaer has since held talks with the midfielder, who stressed his desire to play football in the run-up to this summer’s European Championships, and he reluctantly agreed to find a new home in Lingard this month.
Lingard has garnered a lot of interest from abroad but he is reportedly keen to stay in the Premier League, where Newcastle, Tottenham, West Ham, Sheffield United and West Brom are all monitoring the situation.
Much of the support for Lingard has been beaten by England boss Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland, who have given the midfielder rave reviews since their time with him at the 2018 World Cup.
The duo want to see Lingard play regularly to give him a chance to represent the Three Lions again, and a final decision on his immediate future is expected to be made in the coming days.
As for Lingard’s long-term future, that conversation will likely take place at the end of the season, when the Englishman enters the final 12 months of his contract.
United were forced to trigger a one-year extension to prevent Lingard from walking away for free at the end of the current campaign, but they don’t have such protection now and will therefore have to start looking for a permanent buyer.
If Lingard can prove his worth in the Premier League and perhaps earn a place in the English setup, United will likely find it much easier to sell the player, whose £ 100,000 a week salary has complicated matters so far.
United also face a similar dilemma with center-back Phil Jones, but they are hoping to get rid of Marcos Rojo’s high salaries as the Argentine accepts a return to his homeland.
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