Newcastle United could be about to be rocked by the departure of Sean Longstaff, with Manchester United working towards securing a £25 million deal.
The Mirror have broken the news this afternoon and it throws the Magpies into further turmoil.
There is uncertainty around St James’ Park amid a proposed takeover and Rafa Benitez’s future is also up in the air.
The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the month and off-field uncertainties have seen his contract negotiations stall.
Longstaff enjoyed a solid maiden campaign in the Newcastle first-team during 2018/19.
The 21-year-old made 11 starts for the team, before cruelly suffering knee ligament damage in March.
The Newcastle academy graduate will become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second summer addition; following Daniel James who arrived from Swansea earlier this week.
What an appalling start to the summer transfer window for Newcastle United.
The Magpies are in danger of completely imploding as a football club if something isn’t sorted out.
Owner Mike Ashley remains hopeful that a takeover is imminent, but time really is of the essence right now.
Longstaff’s departure leaves a big gap to plug. The youngster looked in great form last season before his injury and fans would have been excited to see him progress at Newcastle.
Replacing the midfielder will be key. If the £25 million is going to go on a replacement, it might help soften this blow.
Newcastle fans deserve better than this. They follow their team in their thousands every week and yet again they are set to lose one of their most crucial performers.