Manchester United have settled on a £20m asking price for clubs who are interested in signing Jesse Lingard in the summer transfer window.
Lingard has rediscovered his best form since moving to West Ham on loan in January. And while the deal doesn’t include an option to buy, the Hammers are interested in keeping the 28-year-old around permanently following an impactful start.
90min revealed in January that frustrations were growing between the two clubs in negotiations over a deal for Lingard, with United not keen on West Ham holding a buy option or obligation.
Eurosport write that United will be looking to sell Lingard for around £20m come the summer.
Lingard’s revived form since joining West Ham has seen him chip in with three goals and two assists from five league games – not including a buy option in the deal has given the Red Devils more room to ask for a higher transfer fee when clubs look to sign him.
90min understands that United remain keen on Declan Rice, however, and could be prepared to offer some of their fringe players in order to keep the price down should they pursue a deal for the defensive midfielder. The players believed to be on the table are Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones, but West Ham will likely have their eye firmly on engineering a deal that involves Lingard staying in London.
Rice is believed to be available for around £50m, thus a deal involving an exchange could benefit both United and West Ham, despite the Hammers losing one of their best players.
Lingard has been the icing on the cake in a fine season for David Moyes’ side, helping them maintain an unlikely push for Champions League qualification. They currently sit in fourth place and are only five points behind United, who sit in second on 50 points in an extremely open race for the top four.