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Manchester United will attempt to sign Sean Longstaff this week

The mystery of whether he’s good continues

Newcastle United Training Session
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Manchester United will open negotiations with Newcastle United this week as they attempt to sign their midfielder Sean Longstaff.

The 21-year-old midfielder is recovering from an injury but is wanted to play in the middle by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and the Norwegian hopes to have him in the squad that goes to Australia on its pre-season tour.

A fee of £25 million has been mentioned, and would come after the roughly £65 million spent on Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James earlier in the summer. United are reportedly giving Solskjaer just £100 million for transfers this window, so any further funds for transfers may have to be raised by player sales.

There are a number of potential exits, with Paul Pogba keen to leave Old Trafford, perhaps to Real Madrid or in a return to Juventus, though there is doubt over whether either side could afford the fee that Ed Woodward is demanding, thought to be in excess yyeof £120 million.

Another player who could leave for Italy is striker Romelu Lukaku. Other newspapers claim that Inter Milan will open talks with United this week, and propose a two-year loan followed by an obligatory purchase, for a total fee of around £62 million.

In turn, United are interested in Sevilla’s 28-year-old striker Wissam Ben Yedder, who has supposedly agreed personal terms ahead of any switch. He has a release clause of £36 million, which has also attracted the attention of Paris Saint-Germain, who do not necessarily see Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as a like-for-like replacement should Neymar return to Barcelona.