Manchester United are yet to replace either of Marouane Fellaini or Ander Herrera this summer, while Paul Pogba’s future is still up in the air.
Potentially, the Red Devils could be three midfielders light in the not too distant future, hence why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to strengthen that area of the pitch – and pretty quickly as time is running out…
One name that just won’t go away is Sean Longstaff. Sky Sports have given us another update on his future, as they claim that United are preparing a bid for the talented 21-year-old central midfielder.
Apparently, Longstaff caught Solskjaer’s eye last season, before suffering ligament damage which ended his season prematurely.
Newcastle’s stance remains firm, though. Despite being managerless, they’re insisting that Longstaff isn’t for sale, with Sky being told that United will have to fork out more than the £50million that they spent on Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
I get that transfer fees are getting pretty ridiculous these days, but more than £50million for a player who hasn’t even played half a full season yet seems a bit extreme.
Don’t get me wrong, I actually think Longstaff would improve this current United squad pretty significantly. He’s a great player with a bright future, but at this point in time, particularly given he’s coming off a pretty serious injury, I wouldn’t pay more than £25-30million.
If Newcastle are remaining firm with their asking price then the Reds need to make their decision as soon as possible – and move on to other targets before they’re left with no time to bring in a new midfielder.