KEY POINTS

  • Jesse Lingard could be on a new team by next season, according to a new report
  • Manchester United is keen on getting him to re-sign, but the winger demands consistent playing time
  • West Ham United and Newcastle United are among the teams interested in signing him

Manchester United is reportedly considering a lower asking price for Jesse Lingard in January if he refuses to sign an extension with them.

A new report from The Sun suggested that the English Premier League club and Lingard have been in talks over an extension but has since stagnated due to the 28-year-old’s demands of consistent playing time with the first team.

The report also mentioned that Lingard has been offered wages of around £135,000 ($183,782) a week.

The International Business Times could not independently verify The Sun’s claims.

Manchester United’s asking price during the transfer window for the talented winger was at £25 million ($34 million) but repeatedly rebuffed all interested parties.

Lingard has been high on the wish list of many England clubs, including West Ham United and Newcastle United.

West Ham United and Lingard have been joined at the hip since the second half of last season when the English winger was sent out on loan.

They tried hard to pry the winger away from Old Trafford during the transfer window, but Manchester United remained adamant that they want Lingard on their roster.

Manager David Moyes has never been shy about his love for Lingard’s talent and abilities, even when the winger was still on loan with them.

The connections to Newcastle United are also a bit of a surprise as Lingard already turned them down last season to join West Ham United, but the new owners could find a way to make it happen as they value Lingard greatly.

Lingard has been hinting at a move away from Manchester United as his aspirations for a spot in England’s World Cup roster for next season.

“Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away, but you need regular football. I was so close to going to the Euros and I think it plays a huge part and it’s a big factor,” said Lingard as quoted by Metro.

Lingard’s future at Manchester United is currently up in the air, but based on the two decades that he has been with the club, the love is still there.

However, that does not mean that Lingard will not continue to search for opportunities that will benefit his career as he inches closer to age 30.

With Leicester City next on their Premier League schedule on October 16, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may opt to give Lingard another opportunity to play as Edinson Cavani and Fred will be out of action due to international duty.