Manchester United have several positions that need filling during this transfer window. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a huge task on his hands.
Deals for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James are positive, but it has to be just the start. I get the impression that next on the Baby Faced Assassin’s list is a new central midfielder. The name that is seemingly appearing most is Sean Longstaff.
Yesterday, we covered a story from the BBC, in which it was claimed that United are trying to sign the 21-year-old midfielder.
Late last night, The Metro gave their take. They claim that United’s chances of signing Longstaff ‘have been boosted’ due to Rafael Benitez’s departure, while the Red Devils are growing ‘increasingly confident’ of signing the Newcastle United centre-mid.
In terms of a transfer fee, Newcastle want £30million for their homegrown talent, while the Reds wanted to pay around £25million, but The Metro claim that the Old Trafford club are willing to ‘stretch the budget’ in order to get the deal done.
Apparently, the player himself is now considering his future after Benitez’s departure, as he saw the Spaniard as ‘paramount’ to Longstaff’s development. Now he’s no longer in place, the Englishman may well be tempted into a switch.
I like Longstaff, I think he’s super-talented. It seems Solskjaer is trying to press on with the mantra of signing young players and this lad certainly fits that mould. He’s only played a handful of games, but he did single-handedly boss Manchester City in a game back in December – which only highlights his potential.