Manchester United are ‘preparing a bid’ for the Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, as reported by Sky Sports in the early hours of Sunday.
However, it is understood that The Magpies want upward of the £50m before they could even consider allowing the 21-year-old to leave.
Longstaff burst onto the spotlight in November 2018, catching Manchester United’s boss, Ole Gunnar Solksjær’s eyes, with some fine performance for Newcastle before his untimely knee-ligament injury in March.
Ole supposedly recognizes the player’s potential and he believes that Sean could go on to develop into a quality player for the Red Devils as his rebuilding plans continue to swirl around young and hungry home-grown players, who are ready to put their all on the pitch.
While agreeing personal terms with Longstaff should be easy, a stumbling block has arose in the form of Newcastle United’s demands.
Sky Sports reports say that Newcastle will only consider any offer that is higher than what the Red Devils have just paid for the services of their newly-acquired right back.
The midfielder currently has a worth of £7m on the Transfermarkt and Manchester United are believed to be ready to pay up to £18m for his services.
While the desire to get as much as possible for Longstaff is a good strategy for The Magpies as they are looking to reconstruct a team that has already seen the departure of manager, Rafa Benitez and star striker, Ayoze Perez, their demands is totally unreasonable and uncalled for.
Seeing as a club is in desperate need of fresh pair of legs, capitalizing on that desperation is not a behavior that is professional enough in all respect, no matter the financial ability of the suitors, and furious fans are already calling for such attitude to be checked by the governing bodies.
A lot of United fans believe that anything higher than £20m for a player that has just had 4 good months in the Premier League is outrageous, even in this inflated transfer market and I can’t agree any less.
Even in the “crazy” transfer market, Mateo Kovacic only costed Chelsea £40m, Theo Hernandez costed AC Milan £20m, Andre Gomes only costed Everton £25m and Youri Tielemans is likely to cost Leicester about £30m.
For a player that is yet to prove himself on football highest stages, Manchester United are putting their trust in Ole Gunnar Solksjær’s potential judgement and not only will their unwillingness to meet Newcastle demands be understandable, but paying £50m will be one of the most ludicrous over payment ever seen in football history!