Newcastle United are reportedly about to offer Sean Longstaff an enormous £80,000-a-week contract to remain on Tyneside – but that is hardly going to put off Manchester United and the lure of their financial power.
The Times have claimed that Longstaff, 21, is set to be given a bumper new contract amid links with Manchester United in the summer. The midfielder broke into The Toon’s side last season and shone for Newcastle.
Last season, Longstaff clocked up 13 appearances for Newcastle towards the end of the campaign under Rafa Benitez. He even scored two goals and it saw Steve Bruce start Longstaff during Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal.
Newcastle’s highest earner is Jonjo Shelvey, with The Times claiming Joelinton is now being paid more than Jonjo Shelvey – who is also earning £80,000 a week – following his club-record move from Hoffenheim.
The Shields Gazette reported on deadline day that Manchester United tabled a £35million offer to sign impressive midfielder Longstaff, but the offer was rebuffed by Newcastle with Lee Charnley holding out for £50million.
United have enormous financial power, with an £80,000-a-week contract – almost £4.2m a year – hardly becoming an obstacle should they remain interested in Longstaff come January or even next summer.
Yes, handing Longstaff a new deal is important and it is expected to tie down the midfielder for years to come. But should United reignite their interest in future windows, the new pay cheque is hardly going to stop United.
Newcastle should not relax over the future of their up-and-coming midfielder – even if Longstaff does put pen to paper – given United’s ability to completely blow away Newcastle’s expenditure.