Newcastle United problems agreeing new contract with Manchester United target Sean Longstaff – Report
Sean Longstaff signed a new contract only 10 months ago.
However, Newcastle United are desperate to get the midfielder to commit to a new enhanced far longer deal.
The December 2018 contract was signed when Sean Longstaff was still yet to step foot on the pitch in the Premier League and his progress has been rapid since getting a chance off the bench at Anfield on Boxing Day.
So much so that Manchester United were widely reported to have made repeated attempts to sign him in the summer, as they look to invest in promising young British players, successfully landing Wan-Bissaka and James, as well as the older Harry Maguire.
Sean Longstaff turns 22 two weeks today but The Mail report that their sources tell them that no progress has been made on getting the midfielder to commit to a new deal, with talks said to be at an ‘impasse’ as things stand.
Mike Ashley has repeatedly put young (and old) players on five and six year contracts with very mixed results. Many times in the past it has proved impossible to shift signings on long-term deals who have fallen out of favour, with even at times players such as Obertan and Marveaux paid off early to get them out of the club (Joelinton and Allan saint-Maximin both arrived and signed on six year contracts)
At the moment Newcastle have Henri Saivet picking up wages for nothing as he will shortly come up to four years completed of a five and half year contract – you also have Jack Colback also getting paid to do nothing in his sixth and final season, whilst Rolando Aarons and Achraf Lazaar were given five year contracts and will pick up wages until summer 2021 unless somebody takes them off Newcastle’s hands.
The Mail report says that Mike Ashley wants Sean Longstaff to commit to a new six year deal, which would obviously ensure a higher transfer fee if/when the player is sold.
In better news, the report says that Matty Longstaff is getting close to signing a new five year, the 19 year old sees his current one run out at the end of this season.
In his very first pre-match press conference ahead of the Arsenal game, Steve Bruce bizarrely introduced the subject of new contracts being imminent for various key players.
At the time it looked a bit of a feeble attempt to deflect from what had been a chaotic and potentially very disappointing summer transfer window. Very strange for a new manager/head coach wanting to talk about new contracts when he was still yet to see any of the players in a competitive match.
Since then, the media have repeatedly made ‘imminent new contracts’ a headline but 10 weeks later not a single player has signed a new deal.
Elsewhere in the media this week we have been told that Martin Dubravka is close to signing a new deal BUT once again, we have been told that about the goalkeeper pretty much every week since the season kicked off.
Newcastle United have, for whatever reason, allowed so many players to run their current contracts down and potentially storing up problems. Of the 18 players in the matchday squad for that win over Manchester United, only seven of them currently are contracted beyond June 2021.
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