Man United told they’ll need to spend big to sign 21-year-old
Man United have been told they'll have to spend big on signing Sean Longstaff this summer
Manchester United have been told that they’ll have to splash out more than £30m if they want to sign Sean Longstaff from Newcastle United this summer.
The Red Devils have been linked with a move to bring the English midfielder to Old Trafford throughout the summer transfer window but a move is yet to materialise.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears keen to strengthen his squad at Manchester United with British talent this summer after the Red Devils recruited Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James.
It remains to be seen whether Manchester United will be able to get a deal to sign Longstaff over the line.
But his former manager Lee Clark has now explained why he thinks Manchester United will have to pay more than £30m if they want to sign the midfielder this summer.
Speaking in an interview quoted by the Manchester Evening News, Clark said: “It would be harsh if people are surprised at the fee based on his time at Kilmarnock because it was his first loan!
“He was only 17 and showed good promise. Unless you’re Ronaldo you won’t be worth £50m at 17 but there was certainly a good player there.
“The question marks in England come from the fact he hasn’t played a lot of Premier League football but he’s certainly a top player.
“Sean’s spell in Scottish football will have been crucial in his development. It would have given him real self-belief that he could handle first-team football.
“Longstaff has been dubbed the new Michael Carrick but he can be box to box, he can score goals and his range of passing is superb.”
He added: “He’s progressed in the right way. United won’t get him for £30m – it will be more than that if they want him. Newcastle’s valuation is higher.”
Manchester United will be aiming to break back into the top four this season after they finished in sixth place in the Premier League table and without a trophy last term.
The Red Devils brought in Solskjaer as their new boss back in December on a temporary deal, before he was eventually given the permanent job back in March of this year.