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What Newcastle told Man Utd when asked about Sean Longstaff deal and how chiefs reacted | Football | Sport


That’s according to The Mirror, who say Manchester United are prepared to end their interest in the 21-year-old as a result. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has long been credited with interest in the Newcastle academy graduate, who made nine Premier League appearances last term.

Longstaff has only played 13 times overall for the Magpies since being handed his first-team debut by Rafa Benitez as a substitute against Liverpool at Anfield on Boxing Day.

With the midfielder thought to have been on the cusp of an England under-21 call-up, his season was ended in March by a knee ligament injury.

But Solskjaer had identified Longstaff as a target as he looks to build a new-look side at Old Trafford focused on emerging homegrown talent, having signed Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka so far this summer. 

Yet despite spending nearly £50m to sign right-back Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace, United are unwilling to meet Newcastle’s demands for Longstaff.

The Red Devils are understood to believe that Newcastle have only ramped up their price tag because of United’s profile and their spending power.

United’s head of corporate development Matt Judge and Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley have had discussions over Longstaff.

But the 20-time Premier League champions value the player, who is under contract at St James’ Park until 2022 after signing a new contract in December, at nearer £18-20m.

The Mirror reported this month, however, that Longstaff is considering his future on Tyneside following Benitez’s departure.

After failing to receive the assurances he wanted from the Newcastle board, Benitez ended a three-and-a-half year spell in the north east after his contract ran out.

The Spaniard has since taken over at Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang and Longstaff is thought to be disappointed by his exit.

Newcastle are set to name Steve Bruce as Benitez’s successor and it remains to be seen the impact that the appointment of the Sheffield Wednesday boss will have on the player’s future.

United are in need of strengthening in midfield having lost Ander Herrera on a free transfer this summer having waved farewell to Marouane Fellaini back in January.

But another of Solskjaer’s reported targets – Bruno Fernandes – is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester.

The Sporting CP captain scored 32 goals across all competitions last term and added 18 assists and according to Gazzetta dello Sport reporter Nicolo Schira, Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is also on Solskjaer’s watchlist. 

“The first #BrunoFernandes’ choice remain #ManchesterUnited,” Schira wrote on Twitter.

“He is waiting for the agreement between #RedDevils and Sporting.

“Meanwhile Ed Woodward is interested in Sergej #MilinkovicSavic, but #Lazio want €120M to sell him. #transfers #MUFC #mutd.”





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