Manchester United are ready to end their interest in Sean Longstaff after Newcastle United demanded in excess of £50million for the midfielder.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the 21-year-old as an ideal candidate for his midfield, which he wants to freshen up with young, British talent.
Longstaff has an admirer on United’s coaching staff in Michael Carrick, who feels the midfielder can grow into a first-team regular at Old Trafford. Having strengthened at right-back and on the flanks so far this term, the Red Devils are determined to continue their spending with a move for Longstaff.
United officials met with Newcastle representatives earlier this week and Ed Woodward informed the Magpies that he was willing to spend between £18m and £20m for Longstaff, according to the Times.
However, Newcastle immediately rejected the offer with Managing Director Lee Charnley insisting that the Magpies value Longstaff at around £50m.
Their valuation is likely to end the Red Devils’ interest in Longstaff this summer with the club doubting that they can come to a realistic compromise for the midfielder.
Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini have both left the club since Solskjaer joined, meaning the Norwegian wants at least one midfielder this summer to fill the void.
United had an interest in Youri Tielemans but pursued other options before he decided on a move to Leicester. The club retain hope of signing Leicester defender Harry Maguire but the Foxes have turned down United’s opening bid of £70m.