Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has said that he is flattered to be linked with a move to Manchester United.
The 21-year-old is believed to be a key summer target for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. When asked about the interest in him, Longstaff said he was focusing on pre-season training but he is happy that a club of United’s calibre are keen on him:
“This time last year I was deciding whether to go to League One (Portsmouth) on loan. A year on, you are seeing your name linked with one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
“For me, it is all a positive really. It gives you even more confidence. When I was in for a short amount of time people took notice of me. It is flattering but my job is at Newcastle.”
Longstaff is reportedly valued at £50m by Newcastle, with the Magpies citing Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s price tag as a reason for the midfielder’s sky-high valuation.
United were hoping to get a deal done for half that amount, but it appears that negotiations could be long and drawn out if they do opt to make a formal offer.
Longstaff has only made 13 appearances in the Premier League and spent the last two months of the season out with a knee injury.
Solskjaer and his staff, however, believe the midfielder has massive potential and could improve hugely in the coming years.