Manchester United are reportedly convinced that they can land Sean Longstaff, who is valued at £25 million by Newcastle United.
According to a report by Daily Mirror, Manchester United are confident about landing English midfielder Sean Longstaff in this summer’s transfer window. The 21-year-old is valued at £25 million by Newcastle United, amid rising uncertainty at the club.
Manchester United are looking to enhance their midfield options in this summer’s transfer window following the departure of Ander Herrera as a free agent. And, in order to replace the departed Spaniard, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on signing a young midfielder who he can mould to fit his system. To that end, Longstaff is seen as a viable target.
Sean Longstaff has attracted a lot of attention since breaking into the first-team setup at Newcastle United this past season. The young Englishman made such a rapid impression at St. James’ Park that he quickly established himself as a regular under Rafa Benitez before injury curtailed his involvement.
Although Longstaff played just nine games for Newcastle last season, his performances have been lauded by fans and pundits, who believe he has the quality to be a top class midfielder. And now, one of the top clubs in England – Manchester United – have come knocking at his door.
With Paul Pogba’s Manchester United future in doubt Solksjaer could be struggling to find creativity in his midfield and thus, Longstaff could be the ideal option to go to in case United fail to land Bruno Fernandes, another young midfielder who has been linked with the Red Devils.
While Longstaff has shown a lot of talent in the short time he has spent a senior footballer, he has not had much top-flight exposure. And so, his consistency could be a matter of concern. Playing in front of 76,000 fans at Old Trafford can be a very challenging task, and at the age of 21, this move could look a little premature.
One of Sean Longstaff’s highlights has been his efficient passing, even though he has played very few games for the Magpies; he had an average of 33 passes per game with an 81% success rate.
With the departure of Rafa Benitez though, the transfer looks all the more likely. Solksjaer looks very keen to add Longstaff to his list of summer signings, and at £25 million it looks like a risk free investment that could churn out high returns for Manchester United.