West Ham United could face a big decision this summer when it comes to Jesse Lingard, with Manchester United said to exploring the possibility of getting Declan Rice in return.
The Athletic reports that United are looking into the possibility of landing Rice and could use Lingard as a bargaining chip in any deal.
Lingard has made an extraordinary impression with the Hammers since arriving on loan in January. A glut of goals and assists have seen the Old Trafford ace reclaim an England spot. Naturally, David Moyes is keen to land Lingard permanently.
But the Athletic now claim United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may look to exploit Lingard’s success and use him as a potential chip as they make a play for Rice. The England midfielder has impressed many this season and is a nailed on starter for Euro 2020.
Of course, any deal revolving around Lingard and Rice is bound to be complicated. It’s also a natural conclusion to come towards for the media, even though the Hammers have said they’ve no intention of losing Rice.
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This is so tricky for the Hammers to assess if it does come to fruition. On one hand, they’d get a player who has been nothing short of excellent in the final third.
But on the flip side, they’d be losing one of the very best central midfielders in Europe, certainly in England.
The Hammers would likely demand a big fee and Lingard for Rice. United are said to want about £30m for Lingard, while the Hammers have previously valued Rice at around the £80m mark. It would certainly be a mammoth transfer, if it did happen.