Manchester United ready to allow midfielder to leave in a deal over £30m

Manchester United players pose for a team group photo before the match against Liverpool.

Manchester United are willing to let Scott McTominay leave REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa.

Newcastle United are monitoring Scott McTominay this summer, with Manchester United ready to allow the midfielder to depart.

Eddie Howe is keen on rejuvenating his midfield, as he prepares to get his squad ready for juggling Premier League and European commitments. However, despite securing a place in the Champions League, the Magpies’ boss will have to make do with a limited budget during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Having spent £250m across three windows under their new owners, Newcastle will only be able to spend in the region of £75m – without considering any sales – to stay on the right side of FFP.

McTominay is on the shortlist of midfielders alongside James Maddison, Moises Caicedo, and Conor Gallagher that Newcastle are considering signing.

Newcastle are ready to make a move for Maddison, but Leicester, despite their relegation from the Premier League, demand £60m for their playmaker. With Howe also wishing to sign a left-back, right-sided centre-back, and versatile forward, spending such a big fee on Maddison would make little sense.

McTominay, who has long been admired by Howe, should cost less than any other name on the list.

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The Scotland international fell out of favour at Old Trafford following Casemiro’s arrival last summer. Further, Erik ten Hag wants to sign another midfielder to improve his options in the middle of the park. United remain in talks with Chelsea for the signing of Mason Mount and are also interested in Brighton’s Caicedo.

McTominay will be allowed to leave, with United setting an asking price in excess of £30m. But according to the Daily Mail, they may have to lower their demand to find an agreement with Howe’s side.

Newcastle are also looking at Napoli defender Kim Min-jae. He has a release clause of £40m, but due to his high salary demands, the Red Devils are viewed as a more likely destination.