Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly ready to submit an offer of £30m for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.
This comes from the Times, who claim the Norwegian has identified the 21-year-old as a prime midfield target this summer.
Longstaff would fit the mould of young, homegrown talent, which seems to be United’s recruitment plan this summer following the arrivals of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
However, according to the report, Newcastle want to resist all attempts to sign their young midfielder.
Longstaff signed a new four-year deal in December 2018, but the club will now have to offer fresh terms to keep him.
Sky Sports reported that Newcastle are not willing to listen to offers of below £50m for the 21-year-old. This figure seems ridiculous for a player who has made just nine Premier League appearances. There is no doubt that Longstaff is a talented midfielder, and his performances have even drawn compassions with Michael Carrick. But there is no way of justifying paying Newcastle’s asking price for a player of such limited first-team experience.
If Solskjaer does acquire Longstaff this summer, the Reds will need another more established midfield signing, perhaps Sporting Lisbon star Bruno Fernandes, to add balance and more experience in the centre of the park.