Newcastle target Jesse Lingard has reportedly reached a contract stalemate with Manchester United.
The midfielder’s current deal expires in the summer of 2022, and the Red Devils want to extend it.
However, the Times report that negotiations have broken down. They state that Lingard is set to leave for nothing next summer after being left frustrated by the offer he was given.
The report adds that Lingard is considering asking to go out on loan in January for the remainder of his contract.
The England international’s desire to leave could definitely help Newcastle secure his services.
What has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said?
Ahead of Manchester United’s game against Watford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has commented on the Lingard situation.
“His contract situation and talks – I haven’t been in them very closely,” he said.
For me, Jesse is still a big part of this squad – an important part – and he gives energy and quality to the group every day.”
Contract chaos can help Newcastle land Lingard
The Telegraph linked Newcastle with a move for Lingard just days after the takeover was completed. His representatives were also at the game against Tottenham last month.
The 28-year-old would be a sensational signing for Newcastle, whether it’s in January or the summer.
The Magpies have three transfer options.
With Lingard unwilling to sign a new deal, Newcastle can wait until the summer and bag him for nothing. That would remove the obstacle of clubs not wanting to deal with Newcastle, and by then we’ll know whether or not we’re a Premier League club. A relegation battle could put some players off in January.
Alternatively, we could make an offer in January. Man United won’t want to lose Lingard for nothing. Therefore, they may look to cash in for whatever money they can. While some clubs may not want to do deals with Newcastle, that might change when there is money on the table.
Thirdly, we could make a loan move for Lingard in January then secure a free transfer in the summer if he performs. This feels the least likely. Why would Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanction a loan move for a player whose contract is expiring?
One issue to consider is other clubs being interested. West Ham are reportedly keen after his sensational loan spell last season. Lingard provided 14 goal contributions in 16 games, with Rio Ferdinand calling his spell with the Hammers ‘amazing’.
Meanwhile Tottenham have allegedly entered the conversation now.
That makes any deal difficult for Newcastle. But Lingard’s contract situation certainly increases the likelihood of a move away from Old Trafford.
Here’s hoping it’s Amanda Staveley who secures his signature.