As it stands, Jesse Lingard will spend the rest of the season on the Manchester United bench rather than playing for Newcastle.
That’s not the Magpies’ fault, who are being completely priced out of a move for the England international.
Lingard is out of favour at Old Trafford. He was loaned out last season to West Ham, and despite an incredible spell in London he’s failed to get consistent minutes back at Man United.
The midfielder wants to leave, and he’ll get that wish in the summer when his contract expires. But just like every footballer, he wants to be playing now. That’s why he wants to go out on loan for the rest of the season before reassessing his options.
But the Red Devils won’t let that happen. They’d seemingly rather pay Lingard to do nothing for the rest of the season than let Newcastle take him off their hands.
You can see why they don’t want him to go to Tottenham or West Ham. They’re Man United’s top four rivals. But Newcastle? We aren’t a threat to any team in the top half right now. We might be in the future, but right now our biggest ambition is avoiding relegation.
Jesse Lingard let down by the club he’s called home since he was seven
Despite multiple loan moves away, Lingard is a one club man. He joined Manchester United in 2000 at the age of seven. He made his first-team debut in 2014.
Lingard is an academy graduate and a local lad – players like this have been adored and lauded as legends by Man United.
While he hasn’t lived up to the heights of other Man United academy graduates, he still deserves respect. But he absolutely isn’t getting that right now.
According to reports, Newcastle are prepared to pay Lingard’s wages in full and a fee to take him on loan for the rest of the season. While it might not be huge, Man United would at least be making a profit on the 29-year-old.
But that isn’t enough seemingly. According to the Guardian, Man United want his wages paid in full, a fee of £2.5million and a bonus of £12million if the Magpies avoid relegation.
With only 17 games left, Newcastle would effectively be paying £1million per game. That’s outrageous.
But not according to Man United. Reporter Jamie Jackson claims they value Lingard at £50million. If you value him that highly, maybe play him lads…
Newcastle’s 2019 Sean Longstaff stance has nothing to do with Lingard
A lot of Manchester United fans have pointed to the fact that Newcastle overcharged them for Sean Longstaff in 2019.
The midfielder had just broken onto the scene, and the Red Devils were keen. The Magpies were willing to do business, but only if they paid £50million for his services.
That was a ridiculous fee, and Man United obviously walked away. But what’s that got to do with Lingard? The situations are completely different.
Longstaff was just 21 at the time, and looked like he had the potential to become an elite Premier League midfielder. Add in the fact he’s English, because that makes you more valuable too, as we’ve seen with the likes of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan Bissaka. Obviously Lingard is English too, but he’s 29…
The Toon ace also had a longer contract. He’d signed a new four-year deal in late 2018. In contrast, Lingard’s contract expires within the next few months.
And to top it all off, this was a Newcastle that was under completely different ownership. And anyway, Man United fans should be thanking us for wanting so much – he’s hardly kicked on since.
Clubs will take advantage of Newcastle, but Lingard is the victim
It’s no surprise how clubs are treating Newcastle this transfer window. It comes with the territory. Man United aren’t the first and they won’t be the last.
Everyone knows we have a lot of money, and they also know how desperate we are to avoid relegation.
But in this instance, you’ve got a player who wants to leave and play football. He isn’t playing at Man United, and he’s going to leave on a free no matter what this summer. Then you’ve got a club in Newcastle who want to pay his wages and pay for the privilege too. The player also wants to join.
Yet the greed of Manchester United is stopping this deal from happening. They will happily let ‘one of their own’ rot for six months until his contract ends, rather than grant his wish to play for Newcastle.
Lingard is reportedly ‘dismayed’ by his employers’ decision, and rightfully so.