Manchester United will let Jesse Lingard leave for West Ham in a permanent deal – but it seems they have an ulterior motive – while Monday’s transfer gossip also reveals news of LaLiga interest in Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
MAN UTD SET JESSE LINGARD PRICE
Manchester United are reported to have performed a U-turn over Jesse Lingard and now appear willing to let the player complete a permanent move to West Ham.
Indeed, a move away from Old Trafford is just what the Englishman needed to get his career back on track. Lingard had become frozen out in Manchester, suffering a drop in stature since his appearances at the 2018 World Cup.
However, he has scored three goals and assisted two others since his move down south. In fact, he notched his second assist in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
United were thought to be against the permanent sale of Lingard. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenging him to ‘prove his worth‘ while with West Ham.
However, as per Eurosport, via the Daily Express, United have relented over Lingard’s future and will let him leave. Indeed, it’s claimed United have put a £20m price on his head.
It’s claimed the Hammers did try and make the move permanent in January, only to reject their then £15m offer.
However, it’s claimed United could now let him leave permanently for two reasons. Firstly, Lingard appears happy and seems willing to make the switch permanent.
Secondly, United could use Lingard as bait to help them lure top transfer target Declan Rice. The midfielder is rated at around £60m by the Hammers but they do not want to sell.
However, United hope that by letting them sign Lingard it could smooth their path towards a deal for Rice.
Merson praise for Lingard
Lingard’s performances since signing for West Ham have also drawn praise from Paul Merson.
“I think he is outstanding,” said the former Arsenal star.
“You get good reports from his attitude and how good he’s been.
“I think he’s the difference. If they’re going to get in the top four, he’s their X factor.”
BARCELONA CANDIDATE SETS SIGHTS ON MIKEL ARTETA
Leading Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has his sights set on Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta as the club’s next manager. (Daily Mirror)
Sergio Aguero has been warned his legendary status will count for nothing when it comes to deciding his Manchester City future. (Daily Mirror)
Carlo Ancelotti has told Richarlison: ‘You’ll play where I tell you!’ (Daily Mirror)
Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham says he “aspires” to bring in players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to the MLS club.
Ajax star Dusan Tadic was pelted with coins as he attempted to board the team bus following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with PSV. (Daily Mirror)
TAMMY ABRAHAM STRUGGLING, TUCHEL ADMITS
Tammy Abraham is finding life tough under Thomas Tuchel, the German boss has revealed. The forward was left out of Chelsea’s squad to play Manchester United. (Daily Mail)
The newly-formed Sheffield Wednesday Supporters Trust has launched an application for Hillsborough to be granted Asset of Community Value (ACV) status. (Daily Mail)
Former Arsenal defender Gabriel broke down in tears following Valencia’s 3-0 defeat to Getafe, complaining about their decline this season. (Daily Mail)
Blackburn Rovers want £25m for West Ham striker target Adam Armstrong, whose contract runs until summer 2022. (Daily Mail)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane is remaining coy over the future of club captain Sergio Ramos. (Daily Mail)
Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane has slammed Manchester United for their ‘boring’ performance in their goalless draw against Chelsea on Sunday. (The Sun)
Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy is keen on signing Jordan Rhodes in the summer when the 31-year-old’s contract expires at Sheffield Wednesday. (The Sun)
Celtic defender Stephen Welsh has urged captain Scott Brown to continue playing at Parkhead beyond this term season. (Daily Record)
Slavia Prague have been warned that “ruthless” Rangers could blow them away in the Europa League. A leading Czech newspaper has also talked up the performances of Alfredo Morelos. (Daily Record)