Manchester United have been given major hope of a deal for Sean Longstaff after the midfielder was left ‘bitterly upset’ by Rafael Benitez’s exit at St James’ Park.
The homegrown star has proved a revelation on Tyneside since being handed his chance in the side by former manager Rafa Benitez and was said to be ready to stay at St James’, despite talk he was being targeted by Manchester United.
Longstaff appeared to rule out a summer move at the start of June 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, Benitez’s departure as manager has led to reports in the papers that Longstaff is now looking to move on, with the midfielder now performing a U-turn on his commitment to the cause.
The Daily Mirror claims Longstaff is ‘bitterly upset’ by the Spanish gaffer’s exit and is now ready to push for the chance to move to Old Trafford.
United are understood to have had an opening £15million approach for Longstaff rejected, while it was claimed this week that the Red Devils believe an improved offer £25m, plus £5m in add-ons, will be enough to convince Newcastle to sell.
However, the Mirror claims Newcastle will seek nearer £50m for the midfielder, who last season signed an extension to his contract keeping him at the club until summer 2022.
His potential departure though would be the latest blow in a cruel summer for the Magpies, who have not only lost Benitez, but have also seen star striker Ayoze Perez move to Leicester in a £30m deal.
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