Manchester United have been left ‘stunned’ after Newcastle demanded a fee of £50m for Sean Longstaff.
The 21-year-old emerged as a surprise target for Manchester United after breaking into the Newcastle first-team last season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperate to add to his midfield options this summer.
United are believed to have made an enquiry into the midfielder’s availability, only to be taken aback by the North East club’s staggering £50m asking price.
According to the Telegraph, United had valued the youngster at around £20m, though Newcastle are using Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s £50m move to Old Trafford as a benchmark, leaving United ‘stunned’.
Newcastle are under no pressure to sell the academy gradate, having recently sanctioned the £30m sale of Ayoze Perez to Leicester. Even taking into account the inflated fees for young, British talent, Newcastle’s demands are staggering for a player who has made just eight Premier League appearances.
Having promised major overhaul at the club this summer, Solskjaer’s transfer plans are stalling as clubs demand excessive fees for key targets.
The United boss is seeking additions in midfield and at centre-back, with Wan-Bissaka and young Swansea winger Daniel James the club’s only additions of the transfer window so far.