April 19, 2021

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Manchester United ‘exploring’ possibility of Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard swap deal

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Manchester United are reportedly considering a swap deal which would see them land West Ham star Declan Rice, with Jesse Lingard being sent permanently the other way. 

Lingard has revived his career since joining the Hammers on loan in January, scoring six goals and providing four assists in just eight games.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer meanwhile is a keen admirer of Rice. The midfielder has played a pivotal part in West Ham’s success this season, as they enter the closing stages of the campaign with a real chance of qualifying for the Champions League. 

Manchester United are keen on signing Declan Rice and could offer Jesse Lingard in return

Manchester United are keen on signing Declan Rice and could offer Jesse Lingard in return

Lingard is enjoying a successful loan spell with West Ham after joining back in January

Lingard is enjoying a successful loan spell with West Ham after joining back in January

Now according to The Athletic, the Red Devils are keen to discuss a swap deal involving Lingard, in order to persuade the Hammers into selling their star man.  

West Ham didn’t include any purchase clause in their loan deal for Lingard, but manager David Moyes is determined to land him on a permanent deal.

Lingard’s form since joining the Hammers, saw him recalled to the international squad in Gareth Southgate’s most recent squad, for the first time since the summer of 2019.

Though Manchester United extended Lingard’s contract until the end of next season back in December, it is believed Solskjaer would now prefer to sell the attacking midfielder now his value has increased. 

Lingard has fallen out of favour at Old Trafford ever since the signing of Bruno Fernandes in January 2020.

The on-loan star hasn’t ruled out staying at Manchester United next year, but is determined to get regular first team football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Rice as a potential successor to the experienced Nemanja Matic

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees Rice as a potential successor to the experienced Nemanja Matic

Rice meanwhile has impressed for the Hammers this season, and he is seen as a potential long-term successor to 32-year-old Nemanja Matic.  

It could take a big bid to lure Rice away from the Hammers though, especially if they achieve Champions League qualification.

Moyes has previously said that it would take ‘Bank of England’ money for a club to sign Rice. 

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