Solskjaer wants third signing to be done this week with £25m midfielder ‘close’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly wants a deal for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff to be completed by the end of the week.

This comes from Manchester Evening News, who suggest the Reds will accelerate a deal for the 21-year-old this week.

The Reds fly out for their pre-season tour next week and Solskjaer is said to want the player to feature.

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The report claims United wanted to complete the signing of Longstaff last week, but were held up in negotiations with Crystal Palace to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka’s arrival means the Reds can now prioritise the young midfielder as the next summer signing.

Longstaff fits the mould of young homegrown talent that the Reds seem to be targeting this summer following the arrivals of Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James from Swansea.

The 21-year-old only made nine Premier League appearances (whoscored) last season before an injury finished his season early.

However, Longstaff, who has even been compared to Michael Carrick, looks to have caught the eye of Solskjaer.

The Reds need two midfielders this summer to replace Ander Herrera and potentially Paul Pogba who has admitted he is ready to leave Old Trafford.

Longstaff could be a positive addition as long as another creative option is brought in alongside; perhaps Bruno Fernandes who has been heavily linked to the club all summer.

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