Manchester United outcast Jesse Lingard has demanded a salary higher than a few of the Premier League’s biggest names ahead of his summer exit. Newcastle United have bowed out of the running to sign the 29-year-old on a free transfer because he would not fit into the club’s wage structure.
In response to the Telegraph, Newcastle are ‘extremely unlikely’ to reignite their January interest in Lingard because he has priced himself out of a move to Tyneside. The Red Devils playmaker apparently wants in excess of £150,000 per week, plus a major signing-on fee.
It might make him Newcastle’s highest earner, which, after making just two starts for United since his loan move to St James’ Park fell through, doesn’t appeal to the Magpies. The report adds that it’s now likely Lingard will make the jump abroad, with several Italian clubs understood to be courting his services.
If the England international was to remain in the highest flight, his most plausible destination can be West Ham, where he impressed during a brief loan spell last season. However the Hammers would surely be just as reluctant handy out such a hefty wage package to a current fringe player who turns 30 this 12 months.
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If Lingard stays within the Premier League, either with United, Newcastle, West Ham or one other club earning wages surpassing £150,000 per week, he’d be raking in as much as Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva, Chelsea’s Champions League hero Kai Havertz and greater than the league’s second-highest goalscorer Son Heung-min (£140,000 per week).
His earnings would also higher those of the likes of Liverpool duo Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane and Manchester City pair Ruben Dias and Riyad Mahrez. So it’s no surprise Newcastle baulked at his demands and he’s set for a switch overseas.
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Lingard will likely be a component of a mass exodus at Old Trafford this summer, with several first-team stars primed to depart as free agents. The number 14 will join Lee Grant, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani out of the exit door on July 1.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial also face increasingly uncertain futures ahead of Erik ten Hag’s arrival. It’s a welcome overhaul on the back of the club’s worst-ever Premier League campaign.
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