Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all sent scouts to watch Sean Longstaff earlier in the year according to the Chronicle.
This comes as no surprise given the 21-year-old’s outstanding rise to form between December and March, but seems particularly relevant after Sky Sports confirmed Man Utd’s interest in signing the midfielder on Friday.
The club appear to have responses emphatically, insisting that the player is NOT for sale, with it also reported that Longstaff is firmly focused on consolidating his place in Rafa Benitez’s first-team next season.
Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s piece, confirming that Liverpool, City and Man Utd have been tracking him:
‘Man United scouted Longstaff during his run in the side between December and March but they weren’t alone on his list of admirers.
‘Indeed, both Liverpool and Manchester City sent scouts to take a look at Longstaff before he picked up a knee injury while England’s talent spotters were also spotted in the stands.
‘Longstaff is also happy on Tyneside and has both of his feet firmly on the ground.
‘The humble 21-year-old is currently on course to be fit for pre-season training on July 4.‘
Interest from some of the Premier League’s big boys will no doubt flatter Longstaff – a player who’s grasped his chance with both and looked a class above every time he’s started this season – however it’s also a reminder that we’ll find it hard to keep him on Tyneside in the long-term if he continues to improve and we continue to stagnate as a club.
He’s a local lad living the dream and, perhaps most importantly, seems to be keeping his feet firmly on the ground, being a wise head on young shoulders.
Let’s hope he can stay fit, continue to shine under Rafa’s guidance and become a Newcastle United stalwart for seasons to come.