Man Utd could get a much better deal than overspending for the unproven Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff.
In Man Utd’s pursuit to improve their midfield, they have opted for Newcastle United’s 21-year-old Sean Longstaff, who has 9 games experience in the Premier League. Great business!
The attributes that drew the attention of Man Utd are his fantastic passing abilities. The youngster is capable of picking out long passes, progressing play and being very aware of the positioning and movement of his teammates. Hence why he is being dubbed ‘the new Michael Carrick’.
Here are two alternatives to overpaying for an unproven midfielder.
Nainggolan is a 31-year-old midfielder for Inter Milan. According to recent reports, he has been mentioned to Man Utd in a swap deal (plus cash) for their striker Romelu Lukaku.
Solskjaer’s midfield is currently very inexperienced after losing Herrera and Fellaini. Leaving the very slow and lethargic Nemanja Matic to take charge of a young midfield, all of which are better than him. Nainggolan would add mature, defensive stability for Solskjaer and would not demand more than 30 games a season. The other positive is that Lukaku would be gone also, who has fallen out of favour with the manager.
According to Transfermarkt, Leicester City’s Ndidi is worth around £31.5million. More proven in the Premier League than Longstaff, 22-year-old Ndidi is a defensive midfielder. He can replace Nemanja Matic who is incapable of keeping up with Solskjaer’s ‘Ole ball’; a fast-paced, high-pressing, counter-attacking style of play.
The Nigerian’s price may be ramped up to around £50million, the fee Newcastle expects for Longstaff, due to Man Utd’s links to fellow Leicester City man Harry Maguire.
However, a midfield of Ndidi, Pogba and McTominay would be perfect. Composed of strength, pace, Man Utd identity and Premier League talent.