Manchester United are prepared to walk away from the proposed deal to sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.
That is after they were quoted a price of £50 million to sign a player that has completed only none games of Premier League football.
The 21-year old who broke through into the Newcastle first-team last season and made an immediate impact before his campaign was curtailed by injury had been identified by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the sort of young domestic talent needed to rejuvenate his squad, which has already been refreshed with the addition of Welsh winger Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
However, Old Trafford bosses believe that Newcastle have completely inflated Longstaff’s value because of United’s profile and perceived spending power, and are not prepared to pay over the odds for somebody that they value in the £18 million to £20 million price bracket.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are set to appoint ex-United player Steve Bruce as their new manager.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.