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Reported Sean Longstaff is Manchester United priority signing this week in time for Australia trip

2 weeks ago
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Monday brings reports of Manchester United set to make Sean Longstaff their next signing.

Having spent £65m on Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the Newcastle midfielder is now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priority signing according to the Manchester Evening News and The Star.

Manchester United fly out to Australia on a pre-season trip in a week’s time and the newspapers claim that Solskjaer has told Ed Woodward (Manchester United Executive Vice-Chairman) to make sure Longstaff if signed in time to make the trip.

After fortunes wasted on over-priced players with bad attitude, Man Utd are now targeting young British players with potential in the hope of getting better value for money. Plus of course the fact they can’t offer Champions League football to potential signings who would insist on it.

The newspaper reports say that Mike Ashley has put a price tag of £20m plus add-ons, including a sell-on clause.

Daniel James has never played a single minute of Premier League football, whilst Aaron Wan-Bissaka has started only 42 PL games.

Like that pair, Sean Longstaff is also only 21 years of age and he has only eight Premier League starts so far.

Mike Ashley sold Andy Carroll for £35m to Liverpool only a few weeks after the striker had turned 22, at the time Carroll had only started 24 PL matches, although he did have a full season in the Championship behind him as well.

Even though Newcastle United don’t have a manager (head coach?) at the moment, it would make no difference to the NUFC owner if they did.

Rafa Benitez has been forced out of Newcastle United as he wanted ambition to be shown and control of who is bought and sold but Mike Ashley was having none of it, instead set to revert to what he had for five years with Pardew, Carver and McClaren having no say on transfers, only employed to train and pick the team.

If Manchester United do indeed want Sean Longstaff, the only question is whether they are willing to match the price Mike Ashley is asking.

Having happily disposed of Rafa Benitez, anybody who thinks the NUFC owner would care what anybody would say about selling Longstaff, is truly deluded.

It is quite unbelievable the state of chaos at Newcastle United now we have reached July.

The squad return for pre-season on Thursday, then at the end of the following week they fly off to China, not a single player bought, not even an offer to buy Salomon Rondon, now no manager, less than six weeks until the season kicks off, plus only 38 days until the transfer window closes.

Why on earth would Sean Longstaff be tempted to leave all of this behind…?

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