By Hughie Southon
Manchester United have finally announced Jesse Lingard’s Old Trafford departure leaving the player with a major decision to make.
His boyhood club did their best to give him a grand farewell when they spoke of him being an Academy graduate and a dyed-in-the-wool Red who had been with the club for over 20 years” on their official website.
That didn’t stop the club freezing him out under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer at a time when West Ham were making their desire to bring him back to the London Stadium very clear.
Now the 29 year old has to decide whether he is ready to take an offer of around £100k a week from West Ham at a time when he is rumoured to have other offers.
We have already reported that he is looking for closer to £180k a week but that won’t happen given that it would make him worth only £20k a year less than the contract offered to Declan Rice at 23 and club captain.
David Moyes has failed to make progress on a deal with his father/agent but is unlikely to give up until he has a definite answer.
Max 100mill even that is overpriced for a nearly 30year old that didn’t play well last 6 games for us on loan
I like Lingard, I’d like him to return to West Ham, and I wouldn’t expect the impact he made when on loan, but I don’t see him being much/any more than £100k per week …
According to Sportrac. His 5 year deal at Ol Trafford was £19.5 (3.9 pa).
Consequently he is already a very rich man.
Another 4 year deal for £20mil. see’s out his career by 34 and he’ll be fondly remembered all round.
Alternatively he could choose to see what life is like in European leagues, maybe less ££s but more opportunity to live outside Manchester etc.
Always going on about those last 6 games, I guess you forgot the 9 goals and 4 assists that helped get us European football. Newsflash, it’s a team sport and different members of the team contribute at different times (sometimes known as “form”). If we give him £100k a week with bonuses, plus probably a juicy signing on fee you’d like to think that’s enough. Also, he’ll probably be playing regularly and could get himself back in contention for the national team. I don’t think he could do that playing in Italy or Spain. I don’t expect miracles from him again but he seems well liked by the lads and that is such a big deal with the team spirit we have at the club currently.
Then there’s the wrist watch