According to the Mirror, Man Utd are set to test Mike Ashley’s resolve with a £30m bid for Sean Longstaff.
Like Sky Sports, the Mirror claim that we will only entertain offers in excess of £50m. That would suggest a £30m offer would still come in well below our alleged asking price, but you can’t help but fear what Mike Ashley would do if an eight-figure bid did arrive for a player who has only made 9 Premier League appearances.
Here’s a snippet from Simon Mullock’s new piece on Man Utd’s interest in the midfielder this lunch time:
‘Manchester United are ready to test Newcastle’s resolve to keep Sean Longstaff by making a £30million bid for the midfielder.
‘United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Longstaff a priority signing as he looks to rebuild his team around the best young British talent.
‘But Toon value the 21-year-old Geordie at £50million – and believe that United’s £50million capture of Aaron Wan-Bissaka has set the benchmark.
‘United feel Newcastle’s asking price is too much for a player who has made just 13 senior appearances at St James’ Park and who looked to be heading back to Blackpool on loan until Rafa Benitez handed him his Premier League debut at Anfield on Boxing Day.
‘Old Trafford bosses feels £30million is a more realistic price.‘
We shouldn’t be selling a top young local lad like Longstaff at ANY price, especially it seems he’d happily stay.
Considering we’ve already lost Rafa, Rondon and Perez this summer, it really would feel like the final nail in the coffin should Mike Ashley cash in on Longstaff.
With just over two weeks left of the window, we need to be strengthening our already dishevelled squad – not weakening it.