As per a report from Sky Sports News, though Sean Longstaff remains committed to Newcastle, the youngster is nevertheless keen to open discussions with Manchester United over a potential move to Old Trafford.
Longstaff, a 21-year-old central midfielder, came up through the youth ranks of the Magpies, before a pair of loan spells away from St. James’ Park over the last two seasons eventually saw him break into the club’s first-team ranks this past January.
After a fruitless opening half to the campaign, personnel problems in the middle of the park for Rafael Benitez’s men saw Longstaff handed the opportunity to shine following the turn of the year.
And to say that the youngster took full advantage of his chance would be putting it lightly.
A number of stellar displays, particularly versus the likes of Huddersfield and Burnley towards the end of February, saw Longstaff catch the eye with his calm demeanour, reading of the game and ability to break up play.
The 21-year-old showcased the kind of traits rarely-possessed by a player of such tender years, with his increasingly-prominent role in Newcastle’s midfield ranks having only been cut short by a season-ending knee injury.
Old Trafford bound?
Nevertheless, though, despite having made just 12 appearances this season, the Magpies’ starlet seemingly did enough to pique the interest of one of the Premier League’s heavyweights.
The outfit in question come in the form of Manchester United.
The Red Devils were first named as keen admirers of Longstaff back in May, with links having since persisted.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 17, 2019
And, as per the latest update courtesy of Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol this afternoon, amid internal discussions at Manchester United regarding the kind of sum that they are willing to offer for Longstaff, the midfielder himself is ‘hopeful’ of a deal being found.
The starlet is said to be eager to open personal discussions with the Old Trafford powerhouse.
It is added, though, that Longstaff nevertheless remains ‘fully committed’ to Newcastle.
Manchester United weighing up what they’re willing to offer Newcastle for Sean Longstaff. He’s hopeful a deal can be agreed to have the opportunity to speak to Man United. But he understands if Newcastle won’t sell and is fully committed to the club
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 12, 2019