The emergence of Sean Longstaff is one of the only positives at Newcastle United in the previous year.
The 21-year-old broke onto the scene at St James’ Park under Rafael Benitez last season and made eight consecutive starts before an injury ended his breakout campaign.
Longstaff impressed so much that he caught the attention of Manchester United during his stint in the middle of the park. Reports suggested that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting the Magpies’ starlet, with the Red Devils wanting to bring in young British stars.
A report from Sky Sports on Saturday revealed that Mike Ashley has valued Longstaff at more than £50million, with Newcastle determined to keep hold of the youngster.
That was followed by suggestions that Manchester United will make a £30million offer for the midfielder this week, an offer that will surely be wasting Newcastle’s time with the bid set to be significantly under the reported value of Longstaff.
Any offer of the suggested amount above would be ridiculous, with the Premier League giants surely trying to take advantage of the ongoing drama in the North East.
Longstaff averaged 32.6 passes per game for Newcastle last season, with a success rate of 80.9% – meaning the youngster only fails one pass in every five attempted. [WhoScored]
Newcastle must stand strong in their bid to keep hold of the 21-year-old, who holds the ability to be a key figure in the middle of the park for many years.
With Isaac Hayden linked with an exit this summer, Longstaff must be kept at all costs, no matter what the club needs to do in order to so, as seems Man United are clearly not getting the memo that states he isn’t for sale.