Man United closely monitoring 21-year-old Premier League starlet
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not given up hope of signing Sean Longstaff, amid Newcastle’s extortionate valuation of the player. English midfielder was identified by Man United towards the end of last campaign as a replacement for Ander Herrera, who was allowed to join PSG on a free transfer.
Sean has made only 10 Premier League appearances for the Magpies, but Michael Carrick vouched for the midfielder’s quality and character. Ed Woodward, Red Devils executive vice-chairman, was confident of concluding a £25m deal for Longstaff but he was surprised by Newcastle’s demand of £50m.
Man United made a bid of nearly £30m, but it was rejected, and they decided not to pursue the deal further. However, Norwegian coach remains keen on the 21-year-old starlet and wants the club to resurrect their move for him. Red Devils remain intent on keeping Paul Pogba and will not sell him this transfer window.
However, it’s likely that La Liga giants will move for him against in 2020 and Man United are resigned to him leaving at some point. With that in mind, Englishman could be lined up as Paul’s replacement, though the club would surely seek at least one more recruit to compensate for the French star’s departure.
Sean is a product of the Magpies youth academy and spent his whole career with them. He has a huge potential and can become a top-class midfielder if he continuous improvement. Last season Longstaff played 26 matches, scored three goals and provided six assists in all competitions.