Manchester United Willing To Pay £30m To Secure Their Third Summer Signing

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in the stands.

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Manchester United are confident of securing the services of Sean Longstaff.

Longstaff broke into the senior Newcastle United side last season, under the management of Rafa Benitez.

The young midfielder started 11 successive games under the Spanish tactician, before a knee ligament injury that he picked up against West Brom on March 2 ended his season prematurely.

Despite having played such a small amount of games at the top level, Longstaff has ended up on the radar of Manchester United, who seem to have seen enough of the player already.

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Red Devils’ gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has identified the 21-year-old as his top midfield target, and reports suggest that the Mancunians are confident of signing the Englishman this summer.

The prime reason behind their confidence is Rafa Benitez’s imminent departure from the St James’ Park outfit.

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After having failed to agree a new contract, Benitez is set to part ways with Newcastle. And before hiring a new manager, club owner Mike Ashley is expected to cash in on Sean Longstaff and seal his exit.

According to the Metro, the Toons have set a £30m price tag on their prized midfielder – a fee Manchester United are willing to meet, despite their initial hesitance to go beyond £25m.

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