Manchester United are set to pull out of a move for a Newcastle midfielder, while Aston Villa are on the brink of paying £15m for a Man City reserve, according to Friday’s papers.
MAN UTD LEFT STUNNED BY LONGSTAFF VALUATION
Manchester United have reportedly been left stunned after being quoted £50million for Sean Longstaff by Newcastle.
Longstaff has surprisingly emerged as a leading midfield target for Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but, despite having only made nine Premier League appearances for Newcastle, Mike Ashley is believed to have put a huge price tag on the 21 year-old’s head.
Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, is understood to have contacted Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley on Saturday to enquire about Longstaff only to be told he will cost £50m.
That figure is way over double what the Old Trafford club willing to pay for Longstaff, who they value at between £18m and £20m.
Longstaff only made his Premier League debut last December but Newcastle are thought to be using the projected £50m fee that the Old Trafford outfit paid Crystal Palace for England Under-21 right back Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a benchmark.
The Toon youngster is known to want to come to Old Trafford but Newcastle’s stance could well force United to pursue alternative targets.
Get the latest personalised Red Devils products on our new TEAMtalk Man Utd shop!
AND THE REST
Pep Guardiola is keeping tabs on his old favourite Dani Alves – as Danilo’s Manchester City future hangs in the balance (The Sun)
West Ham will turn to Atalanta’s £40m striker Duvan Zapata after missing out on Maxi Gomez (The Sun)
Manchester United have told Inter Milan they have to find £75m or they can forget about signing Romelu Lukaku (The Sun)
Manchester United are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire (The Sun)
Sheffield United have stepped up plans for the Premier League with a move for Preston’s Callum Robinson (The Sun)
Newcastle United are poised to appoint Steve Bruce as their new manager today (Daily Mirror)
West Ham are eyeing a move for Diego Costa with Everton and Wolves also keen on the former Chelsea striker (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal skipper Laurent Koscielny has gone on strike following a bitter row over a new contract (Daily Mirror)
Liverpool and Chelsea have until today to decide how many tickets they want for next month’s European Super Cup final in Istanbul (Daily Mirror)
Brighton defender Lewis Dunk has his heart set on Leicester this summer and would be devastated if the move does not happen (Daily Mirror)
Derby County are hoping to snap up Everton youngster Kieran Dowell on loan (Daily Mirror)
Cardiff are considering a bid for Brighton striker Glenn Murray to help them bounce straight back to the Premier League (Daily Mirror)
Leeds United are expected to snub the chance to sign Gary Cahill following his release by Chelsea (Daily Mirror)
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his players he will not accept a repeat of last season’s shambles (Daily Star)
Aston Villa will have to treble their opening offer of £11m to land Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips (Daily Star)
Villa are also closing in on a £15 million deal to sign Manchester City midfielder Douglas Luiz, who has yet to play a first-team game for Pep Guardiola’s men (Daily Telegraph)
Chris Wilder will decide whether to offer Ravel Morrison a contract after Sheffield United’s friendly against Northampton a week tomorrow (Daily Star)
Fulham plan to reintegrate striker Aboubakar Kamara into their squad and lift the club ban that followed his arrest at the training ground in January (Daily Telegraph)
Liverpool have blocked moves by Rangers and Leeds to take winger Ryan Kent on loan (Daily Star)
Newcastle target Joelinton, Hoffenheim’s 22-year-old Brazilian forward, is also wanted by Wolves (Newcastle Chronicle)
Bologna defender Filip Helander is expected to complete his £4m switch to Rangers in the next 24 hours (Scottish Sun)
Celtic are set to scrap it out with Leeds to land Brentford playmaker Romaine Sawyers (Daily Record)
St Mirren boss Jim Goodwin is set to swoop for Go Ahead Eagles striker Thomas Verheydt (Daily Record)
Hibernian are hopeful of fending off competition from Aberdeen to land Scunthorpe midfielder Funso Ojo (Daily Record)