Newcastle are hoping to tie down both Longstaff brothers to new, improved contracts in the coming weeks, with a report claiming talks with Sean are not progressing well.
Obviously negotiating new deals for players is a long, drawn-out process, and in Sean’s case, it will be no different.
A young academy graduate, he has probably been on a below average salary, but Newcastle have recognised his new stature, and are keen to reward him with much improved terms.
As in any contract talks, the club will make an initial offer, and the player’s agent will come back with a counter offer, and the reality being that over the discussion period, they meet somewhere in the middle.
Sean Longstaff’s talks were always likely to be more complicated than Matty’s
The difference with Sean’s talks is the reported interest from Manchester United over the summer, which the report claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains going into January.
The result means that the player and his management team are holding all the aces, and can dictate higher demands for their player, with the looming threat that he may refuse to sign, and leave for pastures new.
If that is the case, it is realistic to think this might be the alleged stumbling block preventing a quick agreement.
I would be extremely surprised if, after a few weeks of back and forth negotiations, the elder Longstaff brother does not put pen to paper and commit to Newcastle.
Unlike his brother Matty, who the report says is likely to be offered a new deal “in the coming days”, Sean’s deal was always going to take longer to agree.
Speculation of an “impasse”, as the report claims, is not helpful, however, and until any actual facts are known, the club, the player and his representatives should be left to get on with the talking privately.
The likely outcome will be Newcastle having both Longstaffs in the famous black and white shirts for a few more years yet.