Newcastle are in a race against time to secure Matty Longstaff’s long-term future at the club, with the Chronicle reporting some of Europe’s big hitters are monitoring him.
Matty received a call-up to the England Under-20 side, and some of Europe’s top clubs are set to watch him – should he play – against Portugal on Thursday, as they look to take advantage of his expiring contract situation.
Both Longstaff brothers are in talks over a new deal, but while the Magpies can simply resist all offers for Sean – his contract does not expire until 2022 – European clubs will be free to agree a pre-contract with Matty as soon as January.
It is far from ideal for Newcastle, but it means Matty’s agents are currently holding all the aces, as the clock continues to tick down to the transfer window.
Having scored his first goal for the senior side, Matty was instantly propelled into the national spotlight, and that has alerted other clubs of his current contract situation.
Because of his age, the younger Longstaff will be available for a paltry compensation fee in the summer, reported to be around just £400,000.
So some of Europe’s top sides are sniffing the opportunity to get their hands on a young prospect for next to nothing, and hope he develops into a top player, whose value would increase significantly.
Newcastle must put together an acceptable offer as soon as possible
Newcastle simply cannot afford to let that happen, and the close it gets to January, the more extravagant the demands from Matty’s team can become.
Lee Charnley must get his act together, and offer him a deal that will show him his value to the club, and his stature as an integral part of Newcastle’s midfield in coming years.
While Sean’s talks are said to be on hold while they assess the player’s form ahead of what could be a very lucrative contract offer, they do not have that luxury with Matty.
It should not be difficult to make an acceptable offer for him, and one that will see him remain on Tyneside for at least the next five years, but we all know how Charnley negotiates contracts and transfers.
Toon fans will not be feeling too confident of the managing director’s ability to secure a deal for the player until they see the ink drying on the contract.