Manchester United ‘staggered’ by £50m asking price

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A number of midfielders have been linked with a switch to Old Trafford to plug the hole in the middle of the park and Newcastle United's Sean Longstaff has emerged as one of the Red Devils' targets.

The Telegraph say the Manchester club think the player is worth £18-20m, less than half Newcastle's valuation.

United are also struggling to agree a fee with Leicester for Harry Maguire and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned on the club's tour of Australia that they will not pay over the odds for players.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United (11) is shown a yellow card by referee Graham Scott as team mate Sean Longstaff appeals during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on February 11, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

United have so far adhered to a one-by-one approach, leaving potential signings hanging on for deals to be struck.

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United chief Ed Woodward was quoted the astronomical fee in negotiations with Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley at the weekend.

A previous report from Sky Sports News indicated that the Magpies may demand in upwards of £50m for the midfielder after witnessing United's recent purchase of Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. However, the Mancunians are unwilling to offer more than £20 million for Longstaff and could now pull out of the deal, given the Magpies' exorbitant demands.

In the same report, it is indicated that the Tyneside outfit are on the verge of parting ways with club graduate Longstaff, who appears set to join Manchester United.

Longstaff is contracted with Newcastle United till 2022, having signed a new deal in December a year ago.

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