Manchester United are growing increasingly confident of making Sean Longstaff their second high-profile signing of the summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the Mirror, believes United can capitalise on the uncertainty at Newcastle and secure the services of the England Under-21 international midfielder for as little as £25million.
The Magpies were last month reported to be on the verge of being taken over by a Saudi-led investment group but that has failed to materialise, while the future of Rafa Benitez remains the subject of intense speculation.
Longstaff appeared to commit his future to his hometown club last month but the lure of a move to Old Trafford may be too great to resist as Solskjaer aims to build a new-look team around talented and enthusiastic young British players.
The all-action midfielder made an eye-catching breakthrough under Benitez at St James’ Park last season before succumbing to a knee ligament knee injury in March.
United confirmed the £15m capture of Daniel James from Swansea earlier this week and have not been deterred by Leicester City’s £90m asking price for Harry Maguire.
‘If you think of the attributes of centre-backs, he has them in abundance,’ said Solskjaer’s former United teammate Gary Neville earlier this week.
‘Leicester fans won’t thank me for this, but they’re going to be under real pressure to keep him this summer.
‘We talk about John Stones being good on the ball, I actually think Maguire is the equal of him on the ball.
‘A big statement, maybe, as Stones is seen as the composed, ball-playing centre-back, but I think Maguire is just as good on the ball.’
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Author: Metro Sport Reporter