Sometimes in life, you need a kick at the back to push forward. Newcastle United’s handling of Matty Longstaff’s situation is just a prime example of that.
The 20-year-old is arguably one of the finest young talents to have come out of the Newcastle academy. But with his deal nearing expiry, Newcastle have found it hard to negotiate terms with him.
The youngster, who has started just six Premier League games for his hometown club, is on £850-a-week wages. However, just when Udinese, out of nowhere made an offer, Newcastle finally awoke from their slumber. They say it’s better late than never.
Sky Sports reported yesterday that Udinese have offered Longstaff a lucrative offer that will see him earn in the region of £30k-per-week wages.
It was claimed that Matty had travelled to Italy before the lockdown and talks over a five-year deal were held.
However, the Telegraph now reports that the Magpies have increased their wage offer to the midfielder in an attempt to persuade him to reject a move to Udinese.
The youngster’s head has been turned by an extravagant package from the Serie A club which would make him one of the club’s highest-earning players.
However, Newcastle have now increased their offer and are willing to pay him more than £20,000-a-week. Luke Edwards has claimed on Twitter that both the parties should reach a compromise.
— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) June 3, 2020
Longstaff is a highly-rated young talent and the club should do everything to keep their homegrown products with them. The latest offer is close to what Udinese have offered and should please the midfielder.