After a summer where Manchester United seemed intent on taking Sean Longstaff to Old Trafford, Newcastle are, according to the Times, trying to stave off a potential bid in January with a new deal for the midfielder.
Interestingly, the article suggests Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s club only offered £20 million for the Newcastle rising star, but Ashley stated in his interview with the Mail, that the player would not be sold, and will be kept on Tyneside at all costs.
Sean’s brother, Matty, is also set to be offered a new deal, according to the report, with the club clearly having high expectations for both Longstaffs.
The report also claims that Sean could be offered a weekly wage in the region of £80,000, which would be incredible for a 21-year-old from North Shields.
His rise in the game has been phenomenal, and he has gone from a second-string regular to the fringes of the national side, and tying him down for the future will be a shrewd piece of business by Newcastle.
Sean Longstaff will have to deal with pressure of expectation this season
But he is still relatively untested, and this season will speak a lot about Sean’s ability to become a top star in the English game.
He was virtually unheard of last season, but this season, opposition teams will know all about him, and managers will target him, and have a plan to counter his game.
If he can handle the added pressure that will follow him around this season, and still show the form he wowed fans with before his injury last term, giving him a deal that will see his future at St James’ Park will be a fantastic move.
That Matty has not been allowed to go on loan, and been given a place in Newcastle’s Premier League squad – ahead of the likes of Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons – shows the club have faith in him bursting onto the scene this season, in the way his brother did in the last.
If they both sign new deals, along with the young prospects that signed in the summer, the future is beginning to look bright for the years ahead on Tyneside.