The Sun are reporting, in what will likely be disheartening to both Manchester and Newcastle United fans, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers Sean Longstaff to higher priced targets Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes.
This story seems a bit like a continuation of an earlier story in the Sun from yesterday. That story detailed that Solskjaer wanted Sean Longstaff in before the team leaves for their pre-season tour on July 8th. It also stated that a bid of £20m plus add-ons and a five year deal for Sean at £75k/week was soon to be offered.
This recent news is likely to draw the ire of coddled Manchester United fans who would prefer the flashier names from Tottenham and Sporting CP.
The Sun also are reporting based on news in Italy that Manchester United and Sporting CP midfielder Bruno Fernandes have agreed on personal terms. Though at the moment the two clubs are far apart on agreeing a transfer fee with Manchester United believed to have already bid £31m. Sporting Lisbon are said to be unwilling to sell for less than £31m.
Sean Longstaff– local lad with massive potential
We hope that Sean Longstaff waits until a new manager is signed before deciding on his future. While he will be gutted to see Rafa Benitez leave and move to Dalian Yifang, Newcastle may be able to right this ship by appointing a young manager who can bring an exciting style of football to the club.
There is also the hope that the pending takeover shows some form of solidity this week. With the Shields Gazette reports of a BZG statement having been drafted, we really need some information on whether this will happen or not.
However, we still have our fears that neither of these outcomes come to fruition. We will still be under the thumb of Mike Ashley and our next manager will be a dinosaur.
In that case, we would have to pin our hopes that Sean decides to stay at Newcastle due to his love of the club and the higher likelihood of first team games.