Chris Waddle has claimed that Newcastle United would consider any offer of around £50 million for precocious teenage talent Sean Longstaff.
The 21-year-old has become a mainstay for the Magpies in recent times, and has been linked with a move to Manchester United, as per the Daily Star.
And Waddle believes that the Toon Army would be tempted by a decent offer for the youngster.
As quoted by the Chronicle, he said: “Sean Longstaff has been linked to Manchester United for £50 million and I’m sure Newcastle will be thinking he has only played one full season and that’s a huge fee.
“It’s the second year when you are judged and he has not hit the ground running this term because of injury, so I would not be surprised if Newcastle considered an offer of that size.”
Obviously, no Newcastle fan wants to see Longstaff leave, partially because of his talent is evident, and partially because he is a local lad who supporters can really get behind. At the end of the day though, if an offer of £50 million came in for a player who has a handful of Premier League games to his name, you would have to be tempted. Longstaff has the potential to be unreal, of course, but he’s not there just yet. This season, for example, he has averaged just one interception per game, as well as a pass completion rate of 77.2%, as per Whoscored. Those numbers are good, but they’re not world class, and while supporters would obviously rather keep Longstaff, and rightly so, you can completely understand why a bid of that kind of magnitude would be tempting.