Late last night, the likes of Sky Sports and The Athletic announced that Jesse Lingard’s proposed move to Newcastle United was on the verge of collapse.
They reported that, despite the player being keen and Ralf Rangnick handing Lingard the green light to go, we were refusing to give in to Man Utd’s ‘unacceptable’ demands when it came to a loan fee.
Now, The Telegraph’s Northern Football Correspondent, James Ducker, has revealed just how much the Red Devils were demanding.
He claims that Man Utd insisted on a whopping £12m ‘survival bonus’ should we avoid relegation.
As a result, The Telegraph report that the overall cost of the five-month loan deal would come to £16.5m when factoring in loan fees, wages and this potential ‘survival bonus.’
This is quite frankly ridiculous and explains why we have walked away from the table. With just 17 Premier League games remaining, this would mean he’d cost almost £1m-per-appearance should we stay up.
Let’s hope Man Utd either lower their demands – which would benefit them given they’ll lose him for nothing in the summer if not – or a permanent deal can be back on the table; something Lingard seemed reluctant to commit to last time it was suggested.