Manchester United and Newcastle United have now held talks over the transfer of midfielder Sean Longstaff, according to Sky Sports News.
The Red Devils’ interest in the Englishman has been a theme of the summer and the report says that talks have now begun at the top level of the two clubs over a move.
Newcastle’s stance is apparently that they don’t want to lose Longstaff at any cost, but few supporters will have any faith they’ll show a backbone or refuse a bumper bid if one comes in.
The report says that a formal bid is yet to be made by the Europa League club, which does seem slightly odd given how protracted their interest has been.
In a summer where Rafa Benitez and Ayoze Perez have already left Newcastle and the club is even more of a shambles, few would blame Longstaff if he wanted to get out.
That said, he is a local boy who may realise he needs a full season in the top flight to prove himself as well as the fact Manchester United have wrecked many a players’ reputation in recent times.
Keeping Longstaff would be a rare chink of life in a summer which has been nothing short of dire, but if United come forward with the kind of money they threw at Aaron Wan-Bissaka, it would not be a surprise to see Newcastle cave.