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Manchester United ‘confident’ of landing Newcastle’s Longstaff after breakthrough season

Manchester United are ‘confident’ of securing a £25m deal for Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a breakthrough year for Rafael Benitez’s side last season, establishing himself in the first-team at St James’ Park before suffering a season-ending knee injury in March.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting young, British talent this summer as he plots an extensive overhaul at Old Trafford, having made Swansea City winger Daniel James his first signing of the transfer window earlier this week.

According to the Daily Mirror, Solskjaer is becoming increasingly ‘confident’ of securing a £25m deal for Longstaff, amid uncertainty at Newcastle regarding a proposed takeover and doubts over Benitez’s future as manager.

United are desperate to add to their midfield options following Ander Herrera’s departure, whilst there are also doubts over the long-term future of Paul Pogba.

Defensive reinforcements are also a priority, with the club being linked with moves for Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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