According to the Chronicle, Newcastle have ‘re-iterated their message’ to Manchester United over a deal for Sean Longstaff – saying the 21-year-old is ‘not for sale at any price’.
This comes after both the the Telegraph and the Times claimed last night that a bid from Old Trafford is imminent and set to be submitted within the next 48 hours.
Mark Douglas’ piece insists that the club have absolutely no intention of letting Longstaff go, however, stating they are ‘adamant’ he’ll stay, with the player said to be happy on Tyneside and keen to become a key player once again next season.
The fact he’s a local lad could be key here – he may just think of how things went for Andy Carroll after his sudden £35m move away – however I struggle to trust the idea that Mike Ashley would refuse to sell at any price.
Unfortunately, the ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’ mentality applies here given his history of cashing in on some of our top players.
Either way, let’s hope Man Utd’s bid comes in low and the whole thing is forgotten about before long.
With summer sagas involving Rafa Benitez, Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez inevitable and already underway, we could do without talk of us losing our best young player.