Longstaff’s Newcastle contract talks hit the brakes
Sean Longstaff is reportedly refusing to sign a new long-term contract at Newcastle United for the time being, raising concerns over his future.
Longstaff only broke into Newcastle’s first-team in the second half of last season, making his debut in the 4-0 Boxing Day defeat at Liverpool, but he is already seen as a crucial part of the senior side.
The 21-year-old has made six Premier League appearances during the 2019/20 campaign and has been a rare positive in a Magpies’ team that appears to be gearing up for another relegation battle.
During the summer transfer window, Manchester United were keen on signing the midfielder as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked to continue his rebuilding process at Old Trafford.
Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all made the switch to the Red Devils for a combined fee of around £150million and it looked like they would be joined by fellow Englishman Longstaff at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, Newcastle’s £50m price tag was way too much for United to fork out and they ended their interest, although they continue to keep tabs on the English star.
Longstaff, who only signed a new contract in December 2018 until the summer of 2023, has been locked in talks with the Magpies over an extension but both parties have so far failed to come to an agreement.
The situation will be a worry to the north east outfit, who are desperate to keep hold of their younger players as Steve Bruce looks to build the squad.
Longstaff’s decision could also have an impact on his younger brother Matthew, who played alongside his sibling and scored in the 1-0 victory over the Red Devils prior to the international break.
The 19-year-old, who was making his Premier League debut, only has a contract until next summer and he could decide to move on if his brother’s negotiations don’t go well.
However, there is some good news regarding contracts for Newcastle following reports goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has started talks to extend his stay at St James’ Park.