Manchester United have reportedly slapped a £50million price tag on midfielder Scott McTominay, amid interest from Newcastle United.
McTominay has racked up north of 200 appearances for his boyhood club United during his career. Those have spanned over seven seasons, with his senior debut coming in 2016/17.
Over the last few seasons, the Scotsman has through the ranks and played quite often.
Indeed, last season, he played 30 games in the Premier League, having played 32 times the season prior. With the arrivals of Christian Eriksen and Casemiro this summer, though, his minutes have dropped.
Of his 21 league appearances this season – aided by the respective injury and suspensions of Eriksen and Casemiro – he has started just 10.
And with his role potentially dwindling even further, he’s apparently given the club an ultimatum. Indeed, a recent report revealed McTominay has told the board he wants to ‘quit’ if another midfield player joins in the summer.
That would likely see his game time slashed yet again, and could see him hardly play.
Were that to happen, it could be to the benefit of Newcastle. The side have been linked with McTominay for a while and since the report claiming he could want out, those links have cropped up again.
Magpies must pay £50million for McTominay
It won’t be an insignificant sum they’ll need to part with if they’re to snare him, though. The Sun reports Man Utd have slapped a £50million price tag on the midfielder.
That’s because he’s apparently ‘still a valuable member of the squad and they don’t want to be pressured into a sale’.
Indeed, the report also suggests United are in ‘no rush to cash in’ on McTominay.
That leaves the ball in Newcastle’s court. That they’d be able to pay a fee of £50million is without question – they’re one of the richest clubs in the world after their takeover in 2021.
However, £50million might seem steep for a player on United’s fringes.
McTominay pursuit a dilemma
In truth, it’s tough to tell if McTominay is worth that sort of fee. Bruno Guimaraes, who has become one of the league’s best midfielders, cost the Magpies around £35million.
However, he wasn’t massively experienced, and might not have come good.
McTominay, on the other hand, has a lot of experience in the Premier League. For anybody to have played 200 games for Manchester United, they must be a good footballer.
While things aren’t going swimmingly for him at United, that’s not to say he wouldn’t do well at another club who wanted him.
On Newcastle’s upwards trajectory, they could use a player with his knowledge of the league and how to win games, and he could become one of their most influential assets.
On the other hand, they could opt for a bigger name who might have more of an impact. It will be interesting to see whether or not they do decide that sort of outlay is worth it for McTominay.