Manchester United’s transfer links to Sean Longstaff have been among the most divisive of the summer so far.
Nobody is questioning the Newcastle prospect’s talent, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be targeting a more proven player for midfield.
The Telegraph reported last week that United were set to bid for Longstaff. Ed Woodward may already have left it too late.
Given the hard luck Newcastle have endured over the years, you could hardly begrudge them a slice of success.
What it does do is strengthen their position over Longstaff and make Manchester United’s plan to sign him a lot harder, if not impossible.
Longstaff’s price was already over inflated from United’s perspective.
While the takeover has not gone through, there is added uncertainty at Newcastle because of it. It means Ed Woodward needs to look elsewhere.
And that could turn out to be a positive.