Jesse Lingard is being linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund and could be used as a potential makeweight in Manchester United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
Lingard’s stock has risen remarkably since signing on loan for West Ham during the January transfer window, scoring nine goals and providing three assists in just 13 league appearances to earn a recall to the England squad after an almost two-year absence.
The 28-year-old had not played a single minute of Premier League football for Manchester United until his mid-season move to the London Stadium, though is now understood to be attracting interest from clubs across Europe following his recent form.
West Ham are desperate to keep the England international on a permanent basis, though Lingard’s wages of around £100,000-a-week are a stumbling block in hopes of bringing the star to the capital.
The Sun are reporting that Borussia Dortmund are ‘big admirers’ of the player ahead of a potential summer move, whilst United’s long-term interest in Sancho could lead to Lingard being used in part-exchange.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side refused to meet Dortmund’s £108m asking price for the 21-year-old last summer, though that fee is expected to decrease ahead of this year’s window and the Red Devils will hope the inclusion of Lingard as a sweetener could drive that price down further.
United are understood to value Lingard – who has also been linked with Leicester and Arsenal – at around £20m with the midfielder set to enter the final year of his contract this summer.