Jesse Lingard should prepare himself for a reality check this summer.
According to Luke Edwards of the Telegraph, Newcastle United will not be looking to sign the Manchester United midfielder because his financial demands are far too high to fit into their wage structure.
Lingard is supposedly demanding in excess of £150,000-a-week, plus a huge signing-on fee, but Newcastle are no longer interested, despite their flow of Saudi money.
It is a shame that United have created a culture within the club that tolerates how we pay players above and beyond their market value. Hopefully this is something they address at the club following Ed Woodward’s departure, but it will take some time to get right.
As things stand, there are two Newcastle players on triple-digit weekly wages right now: Bruno Guimaraes and Kieran Trippier.
However, with Lingard set to leave United in the summer, he should be expecting to take a huge pay reduction, especially if he wants to play regular football like his brother suggests on social media.
It was reported earlier this week that West Ham were no longer chasing Lingard’s signature. Again, it was suggested that the Hammers deemed the player’s demands too high to fit into their wage structure.
None of this shines Lingard in a good light. Is he prioritising a big and slightly unrealistic contract over game time?