Manchester United seems to have launched into a flurry of activity after relative silence.
Even though official word from the club was sparse, speculation and reports have been rife, claiming that the Old Trafford outfit is close to closing down on many deals and are making strides in some of their big pursuits.
One area where there has been relative inactivity on part of the club is in offering new contracts to those players who are on the verge of reaching their term limits. David De Gea is certainly the player that fans are most hoping to keep at the club. However, United may be looking at another player.
According to the Sun, Jesse Lingard has been offered a new contract at Manchester United, one that will see him get a wage increase.
The English forward still has two years left on his deal, not making him one of the most crucial signings for United. However, this may instead be an indication that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to send a positive message to the players who he deems to be central to his future plans for the club.
Moreover, the alleged new deal could be a way of rewarding Lingard, who has been at the club since his childhood and remained solid in his showing even during trying times. The report claims that the new deal will see Lingard’s weekly wages increase from £100,000 to £130,000- a 25% increase.
It has to be said that this sum still comes nowhere near the ones that the likes of what Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba, and Romelu Lukaku make and that the move may be a symbolic one to keep Lingard happy.
United already have a bit of a wage problem at the club as the dressing room hierarchy often sees top earners falter while the players on the lower end of the pay-grade may keep the club afloat. Will this inequity continue at Old Trafford after this transfer window?