Yesterday, it was revealed that Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff was offered a five-year deal worth £30k/week by Udinese.
Matty is in the final month of his £800/wk deal. The Serie A club will have to pay Newcastle only a £400k compensation fee.
Newcastle had refused to budge on their initial offer of £15k/week, which the 20-year-old has summarily rejected. This offer has been on the table since earlier in the season.
Today, Luke Edwards with the Telegraph is reporting that Newcastle have increased their contract offer to the local lad to £20k/week.
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) June 3, 2020
Unfortunately, Edwards also discloses that Matty has turned down this offer. To make matters worse, the midfielder would receive a significant signing-on fee by moving to the North East of Italy.
Edwards also adds that the true motive for the offer to Longstaff could have to do with him eventually moving to Watford, who is owned by the Pozzo family, which also owns Udinese.
Watford would have to pay a larger fee for Matty. So that is the hypothesis of why Udinese would proffer such a large contract to a youngster with only 12 first-team appearances.
Matty has seemingly had his head turned by Udinese’s offer, but he still may prefer to stay on Tyneside. The report adds that those close to Longstaff have sought clarity on Newcastle’s takeover from Lee Charnley.
This takeover has dragged on for quite some time and there’s just no concrete information to come from the Premier League. So this could end up costing Newcastle one of their top youngsters.
However, maybe there’s a way Matty and Newcastle can compromise to keep him at his hometown club. Though it’s getting more and more likely that he’ll be on his way after June 30th.
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