The newspaper claims that although Newcastle value the 21-year-old at £50million, Man United believe that £30million is a more realistic price-tag for a player with just nine Premier League appearances to his name.
Longstaff made his debut for Newcastle last season under the charge of Rafa Benitez, but since the Spaniard has left St James’ Park, it remains to be seen what will happen in regards to the highly-rated midfielder.
Although Longstaff only played briefly for Newcastle last season before he suffered an injury, the midfielder showed glimpses that he is a really good young player who has the potential to make it very far in his career. Sure, Longstaff could play for Manchester United one day and he is bound to get an England call-up at some point in the near future. However now is not the time for him to leave St James’ Park, especially to join a team where he might struggle for game-time. Although Benitez was reluctant to use Longstaff in his senior squad, he did eventually and it was clear that the 21-year-old was the Magpies’ best option in the centre of the park. If he stays, Steve Bruce will surely start him in the bulk of games next season and help him develop into the player that everyone is tipping him to be. If he goes to Old Trafford now, at this stage of his career, he might be no more than a squad player who gets game-time off the bench and in cup games.