It seemed as though talk of Sean Longstaff joining Manchester United was over, but Friday brought a fresh update.

The Mirror reported that the Red Devils are confident about securing a £25million deal for the midfielder, who broke into the Newcastle team during the second half of last season.

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The report led with the headline: “Man Utd closing on £25m Sean Longstaff transfer as Red Devils look to sign Newcastle star”, which made things sound like a deal is close.

But the article then downplayed things slightly, stating that Manchester United are “confident they can clinch a £25million deal”. So which is it? Are they closing in or are they just confident they can sign him?

Things developed further when Sky Sports’ Keith Downie reported that the Magpies have had no contact from Manchester United about a move for Longstaff.

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How can you be closing in on a deal for a player if you haven’t contacted the club he plays for? And how come Newcastle will comment on this but have nothing to say about Rafa Benitez or the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the ownership of the club?

Either way, Newcastle fans have every right to be concerned. But what about the Manchester United faithful? What do they make of the reports that they could be signing a player likened to Michael Carrick? They weren’t too keen when their interest was first reported…

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Manchester United fans react to reports of £25m move for Longstaff

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