Jesse Lingard has been snubbed from England’s Euro 2020 squad.
Lingard axed as Southgate cut his options from 33 down to 26, although it was actually 32 as Mason Greenwood dropped out earlier in the day.
Bizarrely Lingard was told by Southgate he can stay with the squad for this week’s friendlies, and that he can start against Austria this week.
Lingard will no doubt be tempted to tell Southgate to stick the friendly, but will play regardless, in the hope a spot later opens up for him if one of his teammates were to befall an unfortunate injury.
Lingard has been in outstanding form for West Ham since he signed there on loan, scoring nine goals and providing four assists in 16 Premier League games.
Former West Ham striker Tony Cottee criticised the decision, saying he could not believe it.
What does it mean for Manchester United?
Lingard had been outstanding for West Ham and his potential price tag has risen.
United could potentially land around £20 million for Lingard this summer – but the snub does cap his value somewhat.
If Lingard had gone with England to Euro 2020 and had a good tournament, his value could have soared to £25 million or even £30 million.
Lingard may now have some further thoughts on whether West Ham would be the best option for him, or if he should consider a club who can offer Champions League football if an offer comes in.
He will still have his eye on World Cup 2022, and if he can sign with a club which allows him to shine in the Champions League, in England or abroad, then Lingard will surely consider it.
This might speed things up
Last summer Chris Smalling returned from a successful loan at Roma and negotiations dragged on all summer.
There was even the pretence from United that Smalling could be kept on, and its the type of thing you could imagine Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying about Lingard, before he eventually gets sold.
But without Euro 2020 in the way, Lingard should have total focus on his future, and try to secure a new club as quickly as possible.
Lingard should want his next club resolved by time pre-season starts, and West Ham should also now be looking to begin negotiations without delay.
This could mean United get the £20 million by July, and can calculate that into potential additions.
Last summer a failure to sell players was a factor in the club’s own incoming deals dragging on until transfer deadline day, with the Smalling sale offsetting the money spent on Alex Telles.
Lingard’s Euro 2020 snub may have prevented United from landing a potential jackpot for his services, but it could work out as a positive if it means there will be a quick sale and boosts United’s spending pot early on in the window.
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