Various reports in the media are indicating that Sean Longstaff could be on the move. Manchester United desperately want to land the midfield talent from Newcastle United this summer.
According to The Times, the Red Devils are weighing up a £30m offer for Longstaff. That could be enough to test Newcastle’s resolve with Mike Ashley likely to consider cashing in.
Newcastle fans would have been confident that Longstaff wanted to stay at the start of the summer. The 21-year-old broke into the first-team, established an instant connection with the fans and he was a boyhood supporter himself.
But the departure of Rafa Benitez has affected that. According to The Mirror, Longstaff is now considering his future after Benitez left. The Spaniard was not given assurances over the club’s ambition and he walked away from the job before joining Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang.
Since Benitez’s departure, Ayoze Perez has already left St James’ Park. The Spanish striker has joined Leicester City in a big money deal. And now Longstaff could join Perez and Benitez in leaving Newcastle this summer.
Should Sean Longstaff leave?
This is a difficult decision for Longstaff to make at such a vital stage of his career. But the England U21 starlet seems genuinely disappointed that Newcastle have parted ways with Benitez.
Under Benitez, Newcastle were heading in the right direction and the squad was taking shape. But losing Benitez, Perez and Longstaff all in one season would be a devastating blow.
Longstaff needs to weigh up his decisions ahead of a career-defining decision. Does he stick with his boyhood club and try to become a hero despite the off-the-field issues? Or does he make the move to Man United and risk less playing time?