Man Utd could be ‘prompted’ to complete Jesse Lingard swap transfer to seal dream deal

Jesse Lingard is unlikely to feature in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first team plans this season and a return to West Ham could be used to land a Manchester United target

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Varane trains with Man Utd squad after joining from Real Madrid

Manchester United have completed the signings of Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton this summer in a busy transfer window for the club.

This represents a significant outlay and United have yet to process any sales from their first-team squad despite a series of loan exits being lined up at Old Trafford.

The biggest question mark is over the future of Jesse Lingard, who has returned to the club following an impressive second half of last season on loan at West Ham.

The East London side are competing in the Europa League this campaign and face a hectic fixture schedule with new additions required to bolster their squad.

Jesse Lingard is back at Man Utd after scoring nine goals in 16 appearances for West Ham

The Hammers retain an interest in signing Lingard but United’s valuation of the midfielder has made any deal prohibitive.

The 28-year-old featured heavily for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in pre-season but was not involved in the matchday squad against Leeds United last week and is likely to have limited first-team opportunities should he remain.

It is within the player’s interest to seek a move while United are also keen to shift his salary off their wage-bill while also generating a transfer fee.

Despite the arrivals of Varane and Sancho this summer, United are still keen to add a holding midfielder to their squad which would allow them to play a more expansive attacking line-up this season.

Scott McTominay and Fred have both impressed during Solskjaer’s tenure but there is a feeling at the club that they would struggle if deployed solely at the base of midfield against high class opponents.

West Ham’s Declan Rice is one player that is of interest to the club and a report in The Telegraph on Saturday indicated that the player is unhappy at his £100million transfer valuation at the Hammers and is prepared to run down his contract due to his desire to play in the Champions League.

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Chelsea and Manchester City are also said to retain an interest in the England international but United appear to hold an advantage due to the position of Lingard.

Having scored nine goals in 16 appearances for David Moyes’s side last campaign, Lingard’s transfer valuation rocketed and United are keen to cash-in on his stock.

Any approach that West Ham make to sign the attacking midfielder permanently would prompt a counter-enquiry for Rice, who could solve a major issue in Solskjaer’s side.

It is claimed that transfer bids would be lodged for Rice if his valuation was in the region of £60million rather than £100million – a fee which could be agreed should Lingard be included in any deal.

Rice – who starred for England at this summer’s Euro 2020 – could be the final piece in the jigsaw for United while West Ham would be compensated with a notable fee to reinvest in their squad alongside the permanent arrival of Lingard.

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