ESPN have revealed that Jesse Lingard is disappointed at Manchester United’s refusal to enter into negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over his sale.
It was reported earlier this month that Spurs had made contact with the Manchester United midfielder’s representatives over a free transfer in the summer (Sky Sports).
Newcastle subsequently emerged as the front-runners to snap up the England international on a loan deal this month (The Daily Star).
However, The Athletic revealed on Tuesday that Newcastle’s proposed loan move for Lingard was on the verge of collapsing after United asked for a sizeable loan fee for the attacking midfielder.
This has now been backed up by ESPN, who reveal that United are asking Newcastle to cover Lingard’s wages, pay a £2.5m loan fee and another £12m if they avoid relegation.
The report explains that the midfielder was already disappointed at the Red Devils’ unwillingness to negotiate with Spurs and West Ham, and was hoping to complete a move to St James’ Park.
Lingard’s camp allegedly now fear that Newcastle could turn their attention to Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli instead after Man Utd’s excessive demands.
Spurs Web Opinion
United were never going to allow Lingard to join Spurs in January, given that we are competing with them for Champions League qualification.
However, I would not be surprised if Spurs pursued the 29-year-old in the summer if he is available on a free transfer.
I see Lingard as being a good fit for Conte’s set up but perhaps the Man Utd man might prefer to move to a club where is guaranteed regular starts, which he might not be at Spurs.
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