Arsenal started negotiations with 20-year-old English midfielder

The London club lead the race to sign soon-to-be out of deal Newcastle starlet Matty Longstaff as Arsenal shift one of their older guards this summer. U20 England international has been the subject of much interest over the past few months, as Newcastle United have wrestled with his representatives over a new deal.

Steve Bruce admitted in February that he was concerned that the Magpies wouldn’t be able to get Matty to commit, and now the £4m-rated midfielder would prefer to leave, Gunners have moved into position to add him.

Gunners will face much contest for Longstaff’s signature this summer, with a total of eight other clubs have expressed an interest in the younger brother of Newcastle United regular Sean Longstaff.

Should Arsenal press ahead with their interest and subsequently bring the 20-year-old midfielder to Arsenal, it could spell the end for some of their more senior midfield rearguard.

Naturally suited to playing in a defensive midfield role, although more than capable of playing in a more advanced part, the English midfielder could be considered a possible long-term successor to Mesut Ozil given his versatility.

Granit Xhaka has experienced a severe upturn in form since his future was thrown into doubt towards the backend of 2019, while at just 24-years old, it could be unwise for Gunners to let the Uruguayan midfielder leave just yet.

At 31-years old, Mesut Ozil will need to be replaced in the not-so-distant future, and with his deal approaching its final 12 months, Gunners could look to cash in before they lose the German for nothing.