Manchester United might end up spending a huge sum of £70m for signing of Sean Longstaff next summer as a consequence of hesitation from their executive vice-president, Ed Woodward, claims the Daily Mail.
Earlier this summer, despite his absence of experience in the Premier League, the Newcastle United midfielder arose as a main target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Sean Longstaff made an eye-catching first team breakthrough at St James’ Park last season, but a burgeoning campaign was cut short after only nine appearances following a cruciate knee ligament injury.
United and Solskjaer were confident of concluding a deal for as little as £20m in June.
With owner Mike Ashley again looking to sell the club he has owned for 12 years and Rafa Benitez quitting for China, United sought a cut-price deal for the 21-year-old, but failed to agree a fee with Newcastle.
Woodward’s delaying tactics could cost United a lot and they now face the prospect of paying over three times as much for signing of Sean Longstaff, should they come calling again next summer.