Manchester United are preparing to make a bid for Sean Longstaff and exploit the current uncertainty at Newcastle, claims a report.
The Metro report that United are increasingly confident they can get their hands on Longstaff this summer now that Rafael Benitez is leaving Newcastle.
Benitez’s departure was announced this week and the Spaniard will leave at the end of the month when his contract expires. Benitez had been the key man in trying to keep the 21-year-old on Tyneside and now United are set to test Newcastle’s resolve with a move for the central midfielder.
Newcastle want around £30million for Longstaff, per the source, and United are so keen to get the talented Longstaff on board they are prepared to go to £25million for a player who has made only eight Premier League starts.
Longstaff impressed in his breakthrough season and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now ready to make a firm move with Longstaff’s future down to the sole decision of owner Mike Ashley.
The report claims the player himself, a boyhood Newcastle fan, had also been” keen to stay in the north-east to continue his development under Benitez” but now he is “questioning his future”.
The report also claims the United boss has turned down Monaco ace Youri Tielemans as he looks for a replacement for Ander Herrera.