If you asked us to name our preferred Manchester United midfield signing, we might have named 100 players before we got to Sean Longstaff.
Nevertheless, United appear to be pushing for a move. BBC Sport claim Longstaff is a priority signing, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen.
We have had a month or so since the reports first came out United were chasing Longstaff.
And we might just have three reasons to feel positive about the move…
A move for Longstaff would show United are doubling down on the Dan James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka moves.
It would confirm there is a clear strategy behind the club’s transfers this summer, to target young, exciting British talent.
Longstaff is a player who can develop into a star, and United are willing to do this, rather than paying up for ready-made talent who just want money.
United would be buying Longstaff at the right time, rather than in a couple of years time when his value has trebled.
Guardiola is a fan
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still has to prove he is a good judge of talent in the transfer market as he embarks on his first proper transfer window as manager.
So far it’s a good start, and encouragement can be taken from Pep Guardiola’s comments on Longstaff earlier this season.
He said: “We could not deal with Newcastle’s holding midfielders,” referring to Longstaff after City lost against the Magpies [quotes via Chronicle.]
Hopefully Longstaff could provide the same kind of impact for us against City.
Longstaff has been repeatedly compared to United hero Michael Carrick, who is on Solskjaer’s coaching staff.
The Geordie is similar in style to Carrick, being a good passer, with ability to score from distance, and being a deep-lying midfielder.
United have never really replaced Carrick, and this could be our opportunity.
Having Carrick around to coach Longstaff up could really help him maximise his potential.
Chelsea showed last season how at times, a ball playing defensive midfielder can be an asset compared to a more traditional destroyer like Nemanja Matic.
Longstaff could give United a similar option to change approach tactically.