Man Utd ready first bid after being told to pay £50m+ for major target

Date published: Saturday 6th July 2019 11:44 - Oli Fisher

Manchester United will place a bid for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff ‘over the weekend’, according to the latest reports.

Deals for Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have already been secured this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to overhaul his squad with an injection of youth.

United have been repeatedly linked with swoop for Longstaff already this summer, a player who also comply with Solskjaer’s transfer brief of snapping up Britain’s most talented young stars.

The Red Devils are understood to have had an opening £15million approach for Longstaff rejected, while the player himself appeared to rule out a summer move at the start of the month when he reiterated his desire to stay at St James’ Park.

Longstaff said: “If someone told us at the start of the season that by the end of it you’d be linked with these teams, I’d have laughed at them. But it’s nice, it’s flattering.”

However, the departure of manager Rafael Benitez is believed to have prompted a change of heart for Longstaff, leaving United confident of a deal.

Now, Sky Sports News have provided an update by claiming that United are preparing a fresh bid to land the Magpies ace, one that could be officially tabled over the weekend.

However, they have apparently been told that they ‘will have to pay more than the £50m they spent on Wan-Bissaka’ to land Longstaff this summer.

The 21-year-old made 13 appearances in all competitions last season for the Toon before a knee ligament injury in March brought a premature end to his campaign, and Newcastle have no intentions of selling unless a silly offer arrives.


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