Manchester United do not want to lose midfielder Jesse Lingard on a free transfer next summer.
However, the club's hierarchy would prefer to avoid that outcome if at all possible and may be forced to offload him during the January window if a suitable buyer can be found.
Lingard, despite being offered a better contract, is said to be continuing to reject the Red Devils' terms, despite the fact that the midfielder has been offered a deal worth £135,000 per week, a significant increase on his current salary.
Lingard, on the other hand, may be demanding assurances that he will be given more first-team playing time after a rocky two seasons in which he fell out of favor with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Having said that, despite his desire to remain with the Red Devils, if both the club and the player are unable to reach an agreement, he may be sold.
Leicester City and West Ham United are two clubs with a long history of interest in the talented Englishman.
It is now only a matter of days until the summer transfer window closes, and Manchester United still has work to do.
Although Solskjaer has acknowledged that Lingard will play a role at United, it is highly unlikely that his role will be significant, certainly not to the extent that his talents and form at West Ham deserve.
If there has been one weakness in United's transfer activity this summer, it has been the ability to offload those who do not fit into their plans.
The squad is currently overcrowded with players who are unlikely to play significant roles in the club's long-term and short-term plans.
Reducing the size of United's squad, whether by loaning players out or offloading them on a permanent basis, must be a priority before the transfer window closes. Lingard's departure would help the club's cause in that regard.
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