Manchester United are reportedly reluctant to lose midfielder Jesse Lingard on a Bosman next summer and that could happen should the Reds fail to get the England international to agree new terms before his current deal expires.
According to recent reports, the club’s board would like to prevent that outcome, and could be forced into selling him before it’s too late.
The problem United faced in the summer was finding a buyer who would pay a premium price for Lingard, even after his terrific loan spell at West Ham, plus coronavirus is still having a negative impact on the market.
A piece in The Sun claims despite being offered an improved contract, Lingard is continuing to reject terms from the Old Trafford hierarchy, including a deal said to be worth £135,000-per-week.
Lingard is allegedly demanding assurances he will be given more first-team playing time.
It’s not something I see him getting at United – but at least he’s coming off the bench most weeks and is clearly part of Solskjaer’s plans as a squad player. I don’t think he can ask for more than that at Old Trafford.