Manchester United think they can still get Sean Longstaff and now ready £25m bid – Report
Sean Longstaff has been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United.
The Old Trafford hierarchy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be looking at an approach this summer of investing in young promising players.
This following a disastrous policy of paying big money on established players (and big egos) that have left them with a squad dominated by certain stars, who don’t even look committed, despite the massive transfer fees and wages laid out.
When Manchester United were first linked with Swansea’s Daniel James, Sean Longstaff was another claimed to be on a preferred list of Solskjaer signings.
The Swansea winger has completed an £18m move but it was reported that both Sean Longstaff and Newcastle United had made clear they weren’t interested in any deal this summer, despite claims of Manchester United being prepared to pay £20m for the midfielder.
On Friday, the London Evening Standard are reporting that far from putting them off, Manchester United and their manager are determined to still buy Sean Longstaff this summer. The newspaper stating that they are set to ‘launch a formal bid’, with the Mancs prepared to pay £25m.
Aaran Wan-Bissaka is a third 21 year old that Manchester United are reported to be pursuing, With the London Evening Standard saying that Man Utd are prepared to raise their initial £40m package offered, to one of £50m to land the Palace defender.
The report states: ‘(Man) United’s scouts have watched the Newcastle academy graduate extensively and believe they have spotted a star of the future.’
No sure what equals watching ‘extensively’ as after his sub appearance against Liverpool on Boxing Day, Sean Longstaff only went on to start eight Premier League matches in a brief seven week period.
However, he did impress in games against opposition such as Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham, which more than hinted he could be capable of establishing himself in the top tier.
With chaos raging at Newcastle United, if Manchester United did put a £25m bid in, it would be interesting to see what Mike Ashley would do.
All these issues are of concern to Newcastle fans until Rafa Benitez extends his contract and/or Mike Ashley is bought out by new owners.
London Evening Standard report:
‘Manchester United are convinced Sean Longstaff wants a move to Old Trafford – despite publicly declaring his commitment to Newcastle.
The highly-rated midfielder is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s wanted list, with (Man) United set to launch a formal bid.
And Ed Woodward knows he will have to move soon to ensure Newcastle’s proposed takeover doesn’t block the 21-year-old’s departure.
(Man) United are currently focusing on sealing the signing of Aaron Wan-Bissaka after already striking a deal for Swansea winger Daniel James.
Harry Maguire is another target, with United refusing to be scared off by Leicester’s £90m valuation.
But Solskjaer also wants Longstaff to be part of his rebuild, with (Man) United’s manager convinced he will develop into a top-class midfielder.
(Man) United’s scouts have watched the Newcastle academy graduate extensively and believe they have spotted a star of the future.
They hope a bid in the region of £25m will be enough to convince Newcastle to sell.
Despite that, (Man) United are confident he wants to play under Solskjaer and it is just a case of striking a deal with Newcastle.’
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