Solskjaer Keen On Signing Newcastle United Midfielder

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Manchester United have made initial enquiries for Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already made his intention to recruit young and developing talents over established superstars quite clear. And now, according to Sky Sports, a player that fits his criteria has been identified in Sean Longstaff.

The 21-year-old could be brought in as a direct replacement for Ander Herrera, who has departed from the Mancunian outfit on a free transfer.

The young Englishman made his Premier League debut on Boxing Day, and enjoyed a stellar breakthrough campaign until a posterior ligament injury ruled him out in March.

Longstaff has been likened by many to Manchester United legend Michael Carrick, with even Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez admitting the same.


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“I can see that [the Carrick likeness],” Benitez was quoted as saying (via the Daily Mail). “But, at this stage, Sean has more mobility and stamina.

“Certainly he has the technique and he can use both feet as well. Sean wouldn’t look out of place with England, there are not too many young English players with his quality.”

“His vision is good,” added the Spanish gaffer. “There are just a few things he has to improve but he listens to us and is learning quickly. He’s someone who is normally calm under pressure and that’s a good thing for a midfielder.”

The Daily Mail suggests the Red Devils are prepared to offer £20 million for the midfielder, who still has two years left on his current contract with Newcastle. However, his salary is understood to be relatively low.

Sky Sports, on the other hand, claim that Newcastle have received no approaches for their player so far, and even if they do, the Magpies have no intention of selling their prized asset.