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Bid prepared: Man Utd must pay £50m to secure transfer of 21-year-old midfielder

Manchester United are readying a bid for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to make the 21-year-old his third summer signing.

The Reds have already signed two young British talents this summer, in the shape of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

And Sky Sports are reporting that United are preparing an offer to bring Longstaff to Old Trafford.

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Longstaff has been heavily linked with the Reds all summer, and there is clearly something that has impressed Solskjaer in his brief run of games at Newcastle.

However, according to Sky Sports’ report, Newcastle are not willing to sell their young midfielder for under £50m.

The 21-year-old made just eight Premier League starts last term (Whoscored) before an injury in March ruled him out for the rest of the season. His impressive displays in midfield, however, have even drawn comparisons with ex United midfielder Michael Carrick.

Longstaff is another player that fits the club’s recruitment plan of young, homegrown talent. However, he is certainly not a quick-fix answer to the current problems United face in midfield. The Reds should certainly not be paying £50m for someone with such limited first-team experience.

The Reds need to sign another established midfielder this summer, perhaps Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, even if they can get a deal for Longstaff over the line.

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