There was good news and bad news for Newcastle fans in a report on Tuesday regarding Manchester United’s pursuit of midfielder Sean Longstaff.
The Manchester Evening News alleged that the Red Devils have held “encouraging talks” with Longstaff’s representatives, but also stated the 21-year-old is “not their first-choice option” and will be the “fall-back” choice, should their preferred targets not be signed.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is said to be interested in Adrien Rabiot from PSG, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Monaco’s Youri Tielemans – who was on loan at Leicester last season – as well as Longstaff.
Many Toon fans will be hoping that the Old Trafford side pursue one of the other targets, and do not attempt to turn the head of our emerging talent.
It still seems a long-shot that Longstaff will leave this summer
It would still seem unlikely that Longstaff would dump his Newcastle career for Old Trafford, even if they turn their interest into a formal approach.
The lad is from Tyneside, and stressed to NUFC.TV how much he relishes wearing the black and white jersey and is “100 per cent focused” on playing for his boyhood club.
Newcastle should be looking at building future teams around the youngster, and he is surely expected to be the heart of the team for years to come.
His superb form was a pleasant surprise to everyone, and no one expected him to reach such a high standard so quickly.
Fans would be devastated to lose one of their own, but the prospect of that happening anytime soon, looks very remote.