Manchester United want to sign Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff in January as part of a £90million splurge that also includes Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, according to the Daily Star.
The newspaper claims that Man United wanted to sign Longstaff, 21, in the summer but were put off by Newcastle’s £55million valuation of the highly-rated central midfielder and eventually their interest cooled.
However it is now understood that Longstaff is back on Ed Woodward’s radar as he believes that the current “crisis” at St James’ Park will lead to the Magpies dropping their price-tag to the point where they would agree a £40million deal with the struggling Red Devils in the January transfer window.
Longstaff has been a key player in the opening weeks of the season for Newcastle by appearing five times in the Premier League so he is certainly someone that is key to Steve Bruce’s plans and would need to be replaced if he was sold. And based on the performances of almost all the Magpies players so far this term, a sale is certainly something that could be on the cards if the money was right. Longstaff turns 22-years-old later this month and only has 18 Premier League appearances to boast about on his CV. Should Newcastle really be turning down figures like £40million for a player as inexperienced in the top-flight of English football like Longstaff? He has potential but he is closing in on an age where you would expect a player to be fully developed. It won’t help him develop if he stays at Newcastle, playing turgid football for Bruce and winning once in a blue moon. It’s a surprise that Man United would show interest in a player who’s playing for a side in such poor form but that says more about the way things are being run at Old Trafford than anything else.