Man Utd left "petrified" of Lingard exit with Newcastle deal "dead in the water"

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Manchester United are “petrified” of letting Jesse Lingard leave and him proving a hit at another club.

Lingard's planned loan move to relegation-threatened Newcastle has effectively collapsed over United's insistence on a £12million survival bonus if he helps the Toon stay up.

Premier League survival is worth around £100m to Newcastle and United feel they are justified in receiving a bonus payment if Lingard goes to St James' Park and helps them avoid the drop.

But Newcastle are unwilling to agree to the survival bonus, on top of a loan fee of £2.5m and payment of Lingard's £100,000-a-week wages in full, which has left the deal dead in the water, as originally reported by the Daily Mirror.

Lingard – who is out of contract this summer – and his camp are furious with United for effectively pricing him out of a move to Newcastle and leaving him in limbo.

The 29-year-old, who was a hit on loan at West Ham last season, with nine goals in 16 games, is now facing the prospect of spending the rest of the season on the United bench.

Lingard has been at United for 21 years and feels he deserves better from his boyhood club, with those close to him angry at the way the Old Trafford hierarchy are treating him.

Sources close to Lingard also suggested United's treatment of him had not gone down well with his team-mates, like Marcus Rashford, with the pair currently training together in Dubai during the mid-season break.

"United are petrified of Jesse going elsewhere, playing really well and showing them up,” said a source close to Lingard.

“They don't want a repeat of what happened at West Ham last season, when he scored nine goals and almost helped get them into the Champions League.

“Jesse's popular with the United players and they feel for him. The way the club are treating Jesse, given how long he's been at United, is sending out the wrong message to the rest of the squad.

“It says everything about the current state of United that Jesse wants to go to play for a club near the bottom of the Premier League, rather than stay where he is.”

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United are unwilling to let Lingard go to a top-four rival like West Ham or Tottenham, but have also rejected approaches from other Premier League clubs, including Leicester, Everton and Aston Villa.

Despite results having picked under interim boss Ralf Rangnick, with United now up into fourth spot, there are still a core of frustrated players who want out of Old Trafford.

As well as Lingard, Paul Pogba is out of contract this summer and will join Real Madrid or PSG as a free agent, with Juan Mata and Edinson Cavani also able to leave for nothing.

England goalkeeper Dean Henderson wants to go out on loan having seen David De Gea reclaim his No.1 status, while Donny van de Beek and Eric Bailly both want to leave for fresh challenges.

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  • Manchester United FC
  • Newcastle United FC

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