Newcastle United are in talks with midfielder Sean Longstaff about handing him a new contract, according to the Times.
The national newspaper claim that the 21-year-old’s new deal could potentially be worth as much as £80,000-a-week and this means he could expect to earn as much as fellow midfielder Jonjo Shelvey who has been the club’s top-earner in recent seasons.
The Times report that Longstaff’s brother, Matty, is also in line for a new contract as his current deal is set to run out next summer.
It seems the Magpies are trying to tie Longstaff to the club as quickly as possible. The Times claim that with Manchester United having been interested in the midfielder in the summer, with them even willing to spend £20million on him, then the club have to improve Longstaff’s current terms as that’s normal practice when a side like Man United comes sniffing around. The Times state that normally a club feel like they need to reward a player with a new deal and need to enhance his value by making sure they’re in a good position to demand the most money they can for him. Given that Longstaff didn’t leave St James Park in the summer, even with Man United, a side who are top-six contenders, keen on him, surely the Magpies won’t have a problem getting him to sign a new deal. The 21-year-old probably feels confident he will get game time if he sticks with Steve Bruce’s side and that should mean he’s happy to stay. Longstaff broke into the Magpies’ first-team last season, and made nine Premier League appearances. In his 2018/19 league outings, the Magpies midfielder averaged an impressive 32.56 passes per game and won 76% of the 17 tackles he attempted (Source: Premier League), and if he could improve on those numbers in the current season, he’ll justify his potential pay rise.