Newcastle United have held “high level” talks with Manchester United over the future of Sean Longstaff, according to Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol.
The 22-year-old midfielder is understood to be a key target for a the Reds this summer, as reported by ESPN, and Solhekol claims that they approached the Magpies last weekend to hold discussions.
But it is believed that Newcastle have categorically stated that the player is not for sale as he is considered a big part of the club’s future.
This is just the sort of news that Newcastle United fans will have wanted to hear. The Toon Army have been desperate for some kind of positivity, with the situation on Tyneside seemingly worsening by the day, and while this won’t solve all their problems, it will certainly cheer fans up no end. Longstaff has the potential to be a captain for the club for years to come. He may have only played 12 senior matches last season, but he established himself as one of the most important members of Rafa Benitez’s squad in that time, recording a pass completion rate of 80.9% and being dispossessed just 0.7 times per match for the Magpies [Whoscored]. If he can continue on that kind of trajectory in the new season, he will be a world beater. Here’s to hoping that the club are true to the report and keep him around that long.