The only Man Utd transfer Solskjaer can now complete after Christian Eriksen snub
The Red Devils started the transfer window in fine style, securing two of the finest young British talents in the game – Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
£80m Harry Maguire has also been added to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s squad in recent days.
But United fans are reeling after a number of disappointing near-misses in the market after moves for Paulo Dybala, Eriksen and Fernandes fell flat.
Eriksen was the latest star to be linked with United but would prefer a move to Spain amid continued interest from Real Madrid.
This means Ed Woodward has pulled the plug on a deal for the attacking midfielder.
Starsport understands this leaves Longstaff as the only midfield target still on the Red Devils‘ radar – and the only player in that position they are likely to try and sign, barring any late surprises.
The Old Trafford outfit have already been told that the Newcastle star is not for sale but could decide to launch a late bid between now and Thursday afternoon.
Solskjaer is desperate to strengthen in the middle of the park after chasing a new central midfielder since the beginning of the window.
United were prepared to splash £50m on Eriksen as Tottenham look to offload the Dane.
And that fee is likely to be enough to tempt Newcastle chiefs to allow the youngster to leave Tyneside.
Longstaff has featured, and impressed, for the Magpies in pre-season after recovering from a knee problem.
The midfielder’s younger brother Matty has also caught the eye and should be offered a chance in the first team this season.
United’s failure to land key midfield targets could become more of a problem if Paul Pogba leaves between now and September 2.
The Frenchman is keen to push through a move to Real Madrid after admitting he wants a new challenge away from Carrington.
Old Trafford officials are trying their best to keep Pogba, slapping an £180m price tag on his head.
Madrid are still keen on the World Cup winner, however, with Zinedine Zidane preferring him to Eriksen.