Manchester United have had a relatively quiet window so far this January. Many fans expected them to sign a defensive midfielder finally, but as of this moment, no moves have materialized.
However, the wheels have started turning on several outgoing members of United’s squad in recent days. The MEN Sport understands that the club has agreed on a deal with Sevilla for the Spanish side to take Anthony Martial on loan for the next six months.
Sevilla will pay all of Martial’s wages during this period which was a significant financial outlay for United at a reported £250k a week. Donny van de Beek has also been linked with a move away on loan, with Fabrizio Romano reporting that both Crystal Palace and Valencia are interested in the Dutchman.
However, Ralf Rangnick is reluctant to let Van de Beek leave in the January window, but Jesse Lingard might leave Old Trafford.
Lingard has six months left on his contract and has seen his minutes limited this season despite a resurgence in form during his previous loan spell with West Ham United at the end of the last season.
Newcastle are the front runners, with multiple outlets reporting that they have provided a packet of around £10m to take the player on loan until the end of this season, including all of Lingard’s wages and a loan fee to United.
Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham had also been interested in Lingard. Still, United are reluctant to sell or loan the English midfielder to a top-four rival, with both London clubs putting together good runs of form this season to put themselves in contention for Europe.
But if United sends the player on loan, they provide him with the stage to audition for these top six clubs and get himself fully match fit and in form.
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If he does leave on a free in the summer, he will be able to pick and choose his next club with no financial benefit to United, and it is reportedly the player who does not want to sign a permanent deal with Newcastle for this very reason .
United could be creating a problem for themselves in a short financial gain in the coming years. Still, when you factor in that Lingard has been a faithful servant of the club for many years now, it seems the fairest move to find him regular football away from the club.
It has been clear for two years now Lingard’s future is not at the club, and I think United will have to accept whether he ends up; it shows the quality of their academy that he will still be in the Premier League.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.