Manchester United must decide on Jesse Lingard’s transfer or risk losing £19.8 million.

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Manchester United must decide on Jesse Lingard’s transfer or risk losing £19.8 million.

This summer, West Ham was interested in signing Jesse Lingard.

Manchester United’s youth system Jesse Lingard may only have until January to cement his place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team ambitions, or he could be sold. After a successful transfer window, the Red Devils suddenly have a plethora of attacking alternatives, which might put players like Lingard in an awkward situation.

After West Ham manager David Moyes repeatedly stated that he would be delighted to welcome Lingard back to the club, deadline day passed without a deal being completed.

The 28-year-old spent the second part of last season on loan at the London Stadium, scoring nine goals in 16 appearances to help the Hammers qualify for the Europa League.

Following a successful loan period, both the player and the club should attempt to reconcile, however Lingard appears to have used it as a platform to re-enter Solskjaer’s good graces.

However, he could not have predicted the arrival of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

As if getting minutes in attacking positions at Old Trafford wasn’t difficult enough already with the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial on board, the addition of those two superstars might make it nearly impossible.

Furthermore, Paul Pogba has recently been at his best while playing off the left wing, and Mason Greenwood has scored in each of his first three Premier League appearances — you get the idea.

Lingard’s current deal with the Red Devils is slated to end in 2022.

If United isn’t careful, they might end themselves with a free asset worth £19.8 million, according to Transfermarkt.

In a situation where Solskjaer is trying to unload in January, West Ham’s appetite to spend on Lingard could be dampened by Said Benrahma’s excellent early-season showing.

Indeed, both United and Lingard appear to have made an illogical decision this summer, with the club passing up the chance to cash in while his price was still high, and Lingard passing up the chance to improve on his red-hot form with regular first-team action.

It’s no wonder that the athlete has struggled to leave United after spending his whole professional career there.

Having said that, there’s still a chance Lingard might succeed. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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