Watford conspiracy theory spreads regarding Matty Longstaff’s possible Serie A move & Newcastle’s takeover limbo

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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


Also see: Inter’s Lautaro Martinez to sign a 5-year deal with Barcelona.

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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