Manchester United are ready to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract by a year to protect his value.
The 27-year old has a year left on his current contract, but, like many United deals, that contains a clause allowing them to extend it by a further 12 months.
And now they are prepared to exercise that option rather than see him join another club in a cut-price deal.
Lingard has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, after a difficult campaign last season, both on, and off the pitch, and now finds himself well down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, and Donny van de Beek all competing for places.
He has been linked with a move to Spurs and a reunion with former manager Jose Mourinho, but United are determined that their rivals will not be able to get him on the cheap.
Lingard started his first game of the season on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup win away to Luton Town.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.