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It is now a matter of days until the shutters will be pulled down on this summer’s transfer window, and for Manchester United there is still work to be done.
The club has enjoyed one of its most successful transfer windows in recent years, signing both Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho in big-money deals from Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
Their arrivals have significantly strengthened two key areas of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s armoury, meaning the Norwegian has successfully ticked off two boxes on his summer to-do list.
But whilst MEN Sport understands that any further arrivals at Old Trafford before Tuesday evening’s deadline is now unlikely, United still need to cut their cloth and resolve the futures of a few players within the squad — none more so than that of Jesse Lingard.
Although Solskjaer has admitted that Lingard has a part to play at United, it is highly unlikely that his role will be a big one, certainly not to the extent that his talents — and form last season at West Ham — deserve.
West Ham want to sign him permanently before the deadline on Tuesday, so MEN Sport has picked out five reasons why United need to offload Lingard…
Squad size If one thing has been lacking from United’s work in the transfer market this summer it has been the ability to offload those who do not figure in their plans.
The squad is currently bloated with players who are unlikely to play significant roles in the club’s plans, both in the short-term and long-term.
While Lingard has featured for United in the Premier League this season — stepping off the bench against Southampton at the weekend — he still falls within that category.
Reducing the size of United’s squad, either by sending players out on loan or offloading them on a permanent deal, has to be a priority ahead of the window closing. Offloading Lingard would help the club’s cause in that sense.
Jesse Lingard currently has a high market value because of how well he did at West Ham United last term. (Image: Visionhaus/Getty Images.) To generate funds With United having spent more than £100million on new signings this summer, they need to find a way to recoup some of their outgoings.As outlined above, United have plenty of players that need moving on before the window slams shut, but not many of them, if any, would attract as a big a fee as Lingard.
Now is the perfect time to offload the attacking-midfielder, with his price still carrying a sense of impressive value after how well he performed for West Ham in the second half of last season.
However much United manage to secure for his services, it would help them regain some of the funds they spent on Varane and Sancho.
As well as that, the funds they secure for him could be put towards future additions.
It suits everyone Considering that Lingard turns 29 later this year, it is only fair to say that he should now be entering the peak period of his career.
As proven by his loan spell at West Ham earlier this year, his capability to perform in the Premier League to an excellent standard is obvious. His form was nothing short of sensational and he was enjoying his football.
But Lingard is unlikely to start ahead of the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes at United and that enjoyment factor would well decrease.
With that in mind, experiencing a lack of minutes on the pitch is only going to frustrate the United academy graduate. Allowing him to leave would erase those fears and allow Lingard to play week-in, week-out and continue to develop.
Allow youth to prosper Under contract until 2024 at United, it could be United have player that would be 31 still on their books.
So now is the perfect time for the club to cash-in before speculation mounts further. Keeping Lingard could also block the pathway of several talented youngsters, such as Amad, Anthony Elanga and Hannibal Mejbri.
As well as that, the time and resources put into a player signing a new deal can be strenuous, meaning it would be everybody’s best interest to avoid that scenario occurring, meaning now is the ideal time to offload Lingard and get the best possible price for him and bring an end to all forms of speculation.
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