Manchester United could reportedly use Jesse Lingard as bait in their bid to sign Jadon Sancho this summer.
United have been chasing Sancho for the last two seasons, but have been scuppered by Dortmund’s high valuation of the winger.
They were thought to be close to a deal last summer, having agreed personal terms, but United weren’t willing to pay the £107million asking price.
Sancho is still thought to be keen on a move to Old Trafford and United may have an ace in the hole.
Dortmund are said to be interested in Lingard, currently on loan from United at West Ham.
David Moyes wants to sign the England international to a permanent deal, but his £100,000-a-week wage demands are thought to be an issue for the Hammers.
And with Dortmund big admirers of Lingard, according to The Sun, United could use him as a makeweight in a move for Sancho.
The Bundesliga side’s valuation of Sancho is thought to have dropped to around £80million, and United could pay as little as £50million should Lingard move the other way.
Dortmund have also shown interest in Mason Greenwood in the past, wanting to take the forward on loan, but Ole Gunnar Solskjer is set to reject any offers for a player he considers one of his prized assets.
Paul Scholes says he would bring Lingard back into the Manchester United fold if he was in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s shoes.
“He’d had a tough time at United and I think that was all from bringing Bruno Fernandes in,” Scholes told TalkSport.
“They are players in similiar positions and you couldn’t argue with what Bruno has done.
“Jesse needed to play football – he needed a chance – and West Ham gave him that chance.
“I know the quality Jesse has. I worked with Jesse as an 18/19 year-old as a coach so I know the quality he possesses.
“His fitness was never going to be a problem even though he hadn’t played for a while, he’s so professional and so fit.
“He’s been sensational. For Ole, I think it would be great to have him back to give some competition to Bruno Fernandes.
“When he isn’t quite doing it we have a player in Jesse Lingard who is capable of reaching the same heights.
“His numbers since he’s been at West Ham have been just as good as Bruno, so it’s always healthy to have competition in the squad.
“Hopefully Jesse is ready for that and Ole wants him to do that as well.”