Danny Mills believes Manchester United not allowing Jesse Lingard to leave this month would be “bad business”.
The 29-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford this summer and has struggled to find his way on the first team since having a productive loan spell with West Ham last season.
That Manchester Evening News reported earlier this week that Newcastle were working on a loan deal for the striker to bring him to St James’ Park until the end of the season.
Allowing Lingard to leave would give him the playing time he longs for, as well as get United a fee of some sort – be it a loan fee or permanent transfer fee, before his contract expires in June, when he could leave Old Trafford for nothing.
“I do not understand Man United at all,” said Mills, analyzing the Lingard situation for Football Insider.
“Why would you not let him go? If you do not need him, you might as well let him go in January.
“I think it will go down to the last day of the transfer window. Then Man United will suddenly say ‘Oh, there are no permanent offers, we will just let him go for £ 5m.
“What else can they do? Are they just sitting there losing 5 million pounds? That would be bad business.
“It would only be £ 7 million or £ 8 million if it was a permanent deal anyway. If you can get £ 5min on a loan fee, take the offer.”
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