Newcastle may have been given some wiggle-room in contract negotiations with Sean Longstaff, as an ESPN report listing Manchester United’s eight-man transfer shortlist, does not have the Toon man on it.
Talks with Longstaff were claimed to have stalled, as his agents look for a deal that would put him among Newcastle’s top earners, while Steve Bruce wants him to prove himself before a new deal is offered, having just signed an improved deal last year.
Longstaff’s representatives were holding all the aces, with rumoured interest from Manchester United all summer, which they could use to increase their demands from Newcastle.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is thought to be looking at other targets to strengthen his midfield, with Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, Declan Rice, and Aston Villa pair John McGinn and Jack Grealish all mentioned.
The other names on the Norwegian’s wish-list are forwards Moussa Dembele, Callum Wilson and Erling Haaland.
If the interest in Longstaff has faded, it may weaken the hand of the player’s agents, and see them reduce their demands somewhat.
Newcastle and Longstaff must find middle ground
As we stated in a previous report, both Newcastle and Longstaff’s team must find a way to compromise, and meet somewhere in the middle.
Having both Longstaffs as part of Newcastle United’s future is essential, and their success can be used as an example to other young talents the club hope to sign in future months and years.
If he, and others like him, see the opportunities the Longstaffs have been given, and the reward of a lucrative, long-term deal that comes with it, they will hopefully see Newcastle as a place they want to be.
So getting the brothers to commit their futures to the Magpies is about more than just having two prospects tied to the club for the next few years. It is exactly why Newcastle cannot afford to lose either of them.