ESPN have claimed that Manchester United remain interested in Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, after the Toon reportedly rejected a bid for the breakthrough star on deadline day.
Longstaff, 21, broke into the Toon side last season and impressed under Rafa Benitez. His performances caught the eye and despite only playing 13 times for Newcastle’s first team, United became interested.
Lee Charnley informed United that Newcastle wanted as much as £50million for Longstaff, but it appears United were unwilling to pay such a tall figure. The Shields Gazette claim Newcastle rejected a £35million offer last week.
Now, the latest report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still interested in Longstaff who started alongside Jonjo Shelvey in last week’s 1-0 defeat to Arsenal. It means a bid could be made for the midfielder in January.
TBR’s view – Longstaff should join United, but in a couple of years
The lure of Manchester United is one that is hard to ignore. Solskjaer needs additions in the middle of the park, after Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini left the club in the summer.
But if Longstaff is to reach his potential, he should ignore the clutches of United – at least for a couple of seasons. United still boast Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and more.
He will not be first choice at Old Trafford, but at St. James’ Park, he is. To further his development, he needs regular game time. At Newcastle he will get that. So at United, his development would stutter.