The Mirror says that Newcastle United wants more than £35m for the 21-year-old midfielder. United will have to negotiate with a club that lost manager Rafael Benitez who went to China. In past reports the Magpies wanted more than £50m for the Longstaff, so I am not sure what is the correct fee that Newcastle would want for their player.
Longstaff is a youth product of Newcastle. He is a player that made his debut for Newcastle last season and he is touted as being the next big star for them. If United is willing to pay more than £35m transfer fee for Longstaff and they think that he’s worth then they should buy him.
But there has to be cheaper alternatives that are just as good or better than him in the transfer market. Even if United has to go outside of the UK to get the right player for them at the right price then I would rather support that idea than buying Longstaff. For a few months now there has been reports that we’ve been pursuing him but yet still a deal for a transfer fee hasn’t been struck with Newcastle.
United has been linked with Declan Rice who plays as a defensive midfielder and performs the same duties as Longstaff. The difference with Rice is that he has international experience that Longstaff doesn’t have. Longstaff just made 13 appearances last season before succumbing to an injury. With Rice he has played for the Republic of Ireland U16, U17, U19, U21, the Republic of Ireland senior team and the England senior team. He has achieved all of this in the last four years.
Rice is highly-rated just like Sean Longstaff. The Newcastle midfielder has no international experience on his resume so far. Declan Rice may cost less than the Newcastle midfielder. I would pursue Declan Rice rather than Longstaff.