Jesse Lingard to push for Man Utd exit, Dortmund set Erling Haaland price - Transfer Notebook
Jesse Lingard's renaissance at West Ham has been one of the stories of the season but a return to Manchester United is looking increasingly unlikely, reports Dean Jones. In the latest Transfer Notebook, there's also an update on Borussia Dortmund's hopes of keeping Erling Haaland, and the price they will ask for him if they do fail to make the Champions League...
Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his winning goal to the 0:2 during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund at the Volkswagen Arena on April 24, 2021 in Wolfsburg
West Ham have tried to accelerate a decision from United over a full-time move, given his brilliant form, but United do not want to make a decision until the summer. West Ham know he is happy at the club and are convinced that if they qualify for Europe he will be happy to explore a long stay.
They tried to open up the potential of signing Lingard on a permanent deal for £15 million in January but it was knocked back because United knew they would be able to command a bigger fee if his loan spell went well.
Officials from West Ham are now waiting to find out what the terms of an agreement would need to be.
Haaland price tag set, but Dortmund stay still possible
Erling Haaland’s price tag is likely to be around €150m (£130m) if he looks to move this summer. However, there is a feeling he will stay at Borussia Dortmund for one more year if they manage to clinch a Champions League position.
This is a nervous time for everyone attached to the club. Dortmund are relying on their star striker to help them clinch a top-four Bundesliga finish as they head into the final three matches of the season.
If they achieve that aim, sources believe Haaland will stay and then leave in 2022 when his release clause kicks in.
If they don’t make top four, insiders close to the club believe it will become tough to hold onto him - but that he will not be allowed to leave for less than €150m.
Haaland is refusing to talk publicly about his situation and with a host of clubs already touching base about a move this summer, Dortmund can not be certain where his head is at.