Manchester United are said to be 'considering' triggering the option to extend Jesse Lingard's contract by a further year, in order to maintain his perceived £25m value.
Lingard has been touted for a move away from his boyhood club for a while now - with Tottenham the most recent club to be linked - having fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Englishman featured in just two of United's final 13 Premier League games last season and didn't even make the bench in eight of these matches.
While Solskjaer started Lingard for the friendly tussle with Aston Villa the week prior to their opening 2020/21 clash with Crystal Palace, he was left out of the squad to face the Eagles. However, he did play the full 90 minutes on Tuesday evening as the Red Devils overcame Luton 3-0 in the Carabao Cup.
The 27-year-old's current United deal is due to expire next summer, but the Sun now report that the club are considering exercising their option to extend his contract by a further year in order to maintain his £25m value. It's even claimed the Premier League giants could take up this option within the 'next few weeks'.
Although Lingard has struggled for minutes, the report adds that he is 'determined' to fight for his spot. However, he could yet depart the club this summer if United's valuation is met by an interested party.
Lingard's poor form has been well documented in recent times, but he showed glimpses of his old self on Tuesday evening. Confidently linking up with his teammates as well as driving at the Luton defence, Lingard was constantly looking to get involved throughout the game. While he wasn't able to grab himself a goal or an assist, it was a strong showing from him and one he could build upon.
The Red Devils have actually considered extending his stay by a further 12 months for some time now, with 90min learning back in May that this is the case. With Lingard seemingly keen to stay put, the decision to trigger a 12-month contract extension would be very sensible as it would allow United to keep their options open.