A report from Sky Sports suggests talks took place between Manchester United and Newcastle a few days ago over Sean Longstaff, with the Old Trafford officials being told categorically he is not for sale.
Apparently, no official bid has been submitted, with Newcastle not interested in receiving one.
In a summer where the football club have got practically every decision wrong, across all departments, their stance over the local youngster is probably the first thing they have got right.
The Chronicle confirm that the Magpies do not want to sell the midfielder, and hope to have staved off any interest by advising Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side that it would take £50 million to get anywhere near a deal.
With the Norwegian boss publicly stating he will not “over-pay” for targets, it is unlikely that they would offer anything near that amount.
Sean Longstaff could be next skipper at Newcastle
With money always at a premium at St James’ Park under Mike Ashley’s stewardship, they simply must nurture talents like Longstaff and build a team around them.
In Longstaff, Newcastle have a captain of the future, and with other talents on the verge of peeking into the first team picture – most notably Elias Sorensen – he could be the spine of the side for years to come.
Of course, Manchester United are still likely to test the Newcastle resolve, and never seem to take no for an answer, but unless they make an astronomical bid, Longstaff is likely to remain on Tyneside.