Manchester United must be delighted with Jesse Lingard’s recent form. Not because there is a future for him at Old Trafford, but because they can actually get a decent fee this summer.
United have a habit of selling players on the cheap – or losing them for nothing – and it has been a while since the Red Devils actually did a good deal for a departing star.
The problem for United is that, too often, their players are on big wages and long-term deals. That makes selling them on tough, especially when they are underperforming or unseen like Andreas Pereira and Phil Jones respectively.
While Pereira has struggled on loan, Lingard has seized his chance with both hands. He is a player reborn at West Ham and the Hammers will surely want to keep him for the long term. If so, that will be music to United’s ears.
For once, they can get a good price for one of their players and they cannot waste this chance.
Given his form in recent weeks, Lingard should be valued at around £25million.
That would be a steal in today’s market if he continues scoring for fun in London.
United will know all clubs are struggling financially and a deal for less than £20million would be more acceptable for the buying club. Yet Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side cannot miss out this time.
Breaking a bad habit
United usually sell cheap; sometimes inexplicably so.
When you consider how much they got for the likes of Jonny Evans and Michael Keane, it is about time United were on the right side of a good deal.
To be honest, even for £25million, both teams should come away satisfied.
At 28, Lingard has plenty more in the tank. He should have arguably left United years ago. He can be a very big player for a lot of clubs and he seems to have found a perfect home in London.
United’s transfer dealings have come under scrutiny for years. Here is hoping they get what they should for the resurgent England international.