Newcastle United are Sky Bet favorites (odds 7/1) to sign Manchester United attacking midfielder, Jesse Lingard. If this were 2016, then I’d be all for the move. I was interested in Jesse Lingard back when the club were interested in signing him as a 23 year old who was upset over his playing time at Old Trafford. Back then, he would have been cheaper, now it appears that the club will have to pay more for a player who would be competing with mainstays such as Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron. 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is completely prepared and willing to let Jesse Lingard move this summer, and is willing to listen to Newcastle United’s offer. Newcastle United would likely have to pay more than 20 million pounds for the midfielder/winger, which would deplete much of what the club is looking to spend on targets for left-back, right-back, as well as striker. 

Newcastle United is still in the middle of a contract standoff with standout midfielder Matty Longstaff. That has brought a great deal of concern to management and fans alike, who believe that their homegrown star is about to leave. Newcastle United could simply be looking for a possible replacement to Matty, and I can’t blame them if this is simply a matter of the club being forward-looking. However, Lingard’s contract would be around the amount that Matty is looking to receive from Newcastle, so why the club has refused to pay up continues to baffle me to this day.