United had been confident of securing a deal for Longstaff, believing he wanted the switch to Old Trafford, but it remains to be seen whether they can now negotiate a transfer fee with the north east giants.
The news coming out on Friday regarding Longstaff is certainly positive from a Newcastle point of view. Clearly United are not willing to spend £50million outright to sign the midfielder, that much is clear. That, in and of itself, is tremendous news for the Magpies’ hopes of retaining their prized asset. However, that must all be taken with a pinch of salt, considering that the Standard’s report states that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will continue to press ahead with negotiations for the player. So, while they have made it clear to Newcastle that they won’t be spending £50million outright on Longstaff, they are still negotiating with the Magpies in a bid to try and sign the player. So this isn’t a story that is suddenly over and done with, it’s going to rumble on for quite a bit longer yet. Having said that, this remains extremely positive for Newcastle and their hopes of keeping perhaps their most important player moving forward.