Udinese try to sign Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff
Everyone seems to know how much 20-year-old Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff earns.
It’s long been reported that Longstaff is only paid 850 pounds a week a St James’ Park.
This season, Longstaff made his Premier League debut for Newcastle against Man United, and he went on to score the winner.
Udinese offer Longstaff £30k-a-week
However, Matty Longstaff is out of contract at the end of the season, and Sky Sports have now reported that Serie A side Udinese are trying to sign him.
According to reporter Keith Downie, Udinese are willing to pay Longstaff £30,000-a-week.
Udinese are also willing to offer the midfielder a 5-year deal.
Matty Longstaff has been offered £30,000-a-week to sign for Serie A side Udinese. The midfielder flew out to Italy before lockdown, where held talks over a 5-year-deal. Longstaff wants to stay at Newcastle but Udinese’s offer is more than double that of Newcastle’s #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 2, 2020
Previous reports stated Marseille & Inter Milan were interested, but only Udinese have made a concrete offer so far. Matty been mulling it over for nearly 3 months, and due to takeover situation at Newcastle talks have reached an impasse #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 2, 2020
How much would Newcastle receive if Longstaff joined Udinese?
Even though Longstaff is about to become a free agent, Udinese would still have to pay Newcastle a fee if they sign him. As confirmed by the Daily Mail:
Udinese would have to pay the Magpies a compensation fee of around £400,000.
Matty Longstaff ‘offered £30,000 a week to join Udinese – THIRTY times his current salary’ https://t.co/gNmPOuFs3L
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 3, 2020
Watford conspiracy theory spreads regarding Matty Longstaff’s possible Serie A move
In the aftermath of the Longstaff-Udinese transfer rumour, some are spreading a conspiracy theory which draws Watford into the picture.
As is widely known, Watford are owned by the Pozzo family, who are also the owners of Udinese.
That’s lead some to speculate that if Udinese were to sign Longstaff, the midfielder would ultimately end up with the Hornets.
Football Italia have spread that rumour, telling their readers:
It’s entirely possible this is a strategic move, as Udinese are owned by the same family who run Watford, so the two clubs regularly exchange players.
Others have taken to social media to spread the Watford-Longstaff theory.
Watford signing Matty Longstaff via Udinese in order to avoid paying Newcastle compensation is the kind of shithousery I can get behind
— Aaron (@aaron_bennis10) June 2, 2020
— Jacob Culshaw (@jacob_culshaw) June 2, 2020
Can Udinese really pay Longstaff £30,000-a-week?
Others have questioned the Sky Sports Longstaff-Udinese story over the reported financial details.
It’s being claimed that if Longstaff were to agree those wages, he’d become Udinese’s highest-earning player.
This Matty Longstaff story is absolute bullshit, theres no way Udinese would make him their highest paid player, especially in the midst of a global pandemic as well, absolutely no way!! #NUFC pic.twitter.com/o74I73h5oH
— Dayle (@DayleBarron) June 2, 2020
Will Longstaff end up signing a new deal at Newcastle?
This is unclear. However, the Times tell their readers:
Longstaff, whose brother Sean also plays for Newcastle, had been keen to agree a new deal. Talks began last year but there has been no improved offer in 2020.
He was offered an improved contract at Newcastle but the two parties differed in value.
It’s been claimed that Newcastle are only willing to offer Longstaff £15,000-a-week.
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) June 3, 2020
Newcastle’s takeover limbo
It’s coming up for almost two months since news first broke that Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) are trying to buy Newcastle United from Mike Ashley.
When the story arose, fans were told that the deal could be wrapped up in 30 days. Obviously, those forecasts have proven to be wrong.
In the latest edition of the Fog on the Tyne podcast, Athletic reporter George Caulkin has given his updates on Newcastle’s takeover limbo.
Caulkin has advised Newcastle fans to steer clear of social media if they want to avoid anxiety over if and when the deal will get over the line.
However, the Athletic’s Newcastle insider has also noted how many fans are feeling that their mental health is being challenged by the uncertainty over the takeover.
Listen to the discussion on the audio unit below.
This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.
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