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Bid prepared: Man Utd set to offer £18m for Premier League midfielder

Manchester United are reportedly readying an opening offer of £18m for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.

According to Footballinsider, the Reds are prepared to offer Longstaff a five year contract on £60,000 per-week at Old Trafford.

Longstaff has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer, and has been tipped by some as a long-term midfield  replacement for Michael Carrick.

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The 21-year-old impressed in just 13 senior appearances for Newcastle last campaign, before picking up an injury in March which ruled him out of the remainder of the season.

Given how widespread the links to Longstaff are, it looks obvious that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the youngster as a transfer target this summer. Longstaff fits into United’s recruitment plans of young, talented British players, following the moves for Welshman Daniel James and England u21 full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Despite only playing a handful of Premier League games, Solskjaer has clearly seen something he likes in Longstaff.

The Metro reported that the Reds are willing to bid as much as £30m for the midfielder, with the club increasing confident of landing the youngster this summer.

However, Longstaff cannot be United’s sole midfield signing this summer, especially if Paul Pogba departs the club. Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes would provide a much-needed creative spark and would compliment Longstaff as a second midfield signing of the summer, if the Reds can agree a deal with Newcastle for the transfer.

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