Man Utd attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard could be on his way to direct Premier League rivals Chelsea after a storming World Cup season this according to finance expert.
The 25-year-old England international playmaker has enjoyed success so far in Russia as he has helped his country to qualify for the quarter-finals of the tournament.
And Gareth Southgate has already revealed the key role that Lingard is playing in his starting XI.
Now, football finance Kieran Maguire has revealed that Lingard fine form at World-Cup tournament will affect his price tag this summer transfer market.
He told Starsport exclusively: “I think as far as Lingard is concerned, it would give him the opportunity to cement his place at United and perhaps make [Jose] Mourinho think twice about trying to sign anyone new.
“He is a local lad and he wants to play for United, which is all plus points, but from United’s view, he has looked one of the outstanding players of the tournament so far.
“Therefore that leaves them in a very strong position.”
But the footie egghead revealed that Man Utd won’t be able to turn down an offer for the England international.
He added: “They certainly don’t need to sell him – they’re well within their limits of FFP and have plenty of cash in the bank.
“But they may be looking to recoup the money they spent on Lukaku.
“Lingard is in a premium position – so United would be looking for at least £80m from his sale.
“You’d have to look domestically, only Chelsea would be interested unless [Pep] Guardiola feels he can develop him further.
“But the chances of him going to City are slim, which leaves you with only Juventus and the three big clubs in Spain to compete.”