Man United to submit bid for 21-year-old English midfielder

Manchester United want to make Sean Longstaff their third summer signing and will table an opening £15 million offer for the midfielder next week.

The Red Devils are determined to strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad at Old Trafford significantly. The club signed winger Daniel James from Swansea City, before completing a £50 million move for Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Manchester United’s attentions have now turned to midfield, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to sign at least two players in that position following the exits of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini.

Sean Longstaff has been a figure of interest, and Manchester United will submit an opening offer of £15 million plus add-ons for the 21-year-old next week.

What looked destined to become the Englishman’s breakthrough season was cut short due to an injury in March, and ruled out a summer move at the start of the month when he reiterated his wish to stay at St James’ Park, but Newcastle United’s and his resolve will be tested in the upcoming weeks.

Speaking to NUFC TV, Sean Longstaff said: ‘If someone told us at the start of the season that by the end of it you’d be linked with these teams I’d have laughed at them, but it’s nice, it’s flattering.

‘I’m massively flattered to have my name even mentioned in those conversations, but like I said, I’m 100% focused on Newcastle and trying to get fit and get back in the team here.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will try to sign a third midfielder if Paul Pogba leaves, who has emerged as a key target for Real Madrid.