Up until now, it’s been unclear how Sean Longstaff feels about the ongoing Manchester United transfer saga.
Does the homegrown Newcastle star want to sign at Old Trafford, or is he happy staying at Mike Ashley’s crisis club?
The Mail claim to have an answer. Their report states Longstaff is ‘desperate’ to seal a move to Manchester United.
This attitude could be key, and the only way a deal gets done.
The two clubs are reportedly far apart in negotiations.
Newcastle want £50 million, with Manchester United valuing him at £20 million.
We’re biased, but we feel the £20 million value is spot on.
Longstaff is talented, but unproven. He has played just nine Premier League games.
The 21-year-old has surprisingly emerged as a top target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.
Little has progressed since May, when The Telegraph claimed United were set to bid for Longstaff.
Since then that same line has been repeated ad nauseum by the press and its become laughable that United are constantly ‘preparing a bid’ for Longstaff and not actually getting anywhere or forcing the issue.
Longstaff’s reported desire to make the switch could force Newcastle to drop their asking price.
Little is predictable with Mike Ashley, who is set to appoint former Red Devils skipper Steve Bruce as manager.
This one could run and run, and its sensible to wait this one out and not overpay.
However there is an opportunity cost if Ed Woodward’s focus is on this, at the expense of other, more important deals getting done.
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