By our northern man Terry Robins
Manchester United have pencilled talks on Jesse Lingard’s future for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend – with Old Trafford chiefs expecting to raise over £100m in outgoing sales this summer.
The Red Devils have a raft of players they want to speak to but don’t want anything to interrupt their own preparations to face Spanish club Villarreal in the Europa League Final on May 26.
But our senior sources in Manchester have now informed us that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer want to sit down with Jesse on the Bank Holiday Monday, where the two sides will finally reveal all their cards.
Our United insider told us: “Ole wants to speak to a few players face to face and that includes Jesse – he feels it is only right they hear his thoughts and the club’s position directly.
“The end of the Bank Holiday is seen as the opportune window before a lot of the players then join up with their international squads, ahead of the Euros.
“United have their own ideas on Jesse but they are still in the dark as to what the player’s own stance is. The Club hopes to raise over £100m this summer in sales and Lingard would clearly raise a decent amount towards that.”
United are convinced Lingard’s market value is around £30m thanks to his impressive showings since joining Irons on loan back in January.
But with only 12 months remaining on his United deal, it continues to be the case Jesse holds the whip hand in the negotiations.