Manchester United could end up paying £ 70 million for Sean Longstaff next summer, as a result of doubts from its executive vice president, Ed Woodward, reports the Daily Mail.
The Newcastle United midfielder became a key target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this summer, despite his lack of experience in the Premier League.
Longstaff made a first striking breakthrough in the first team at St James’ Park last season, but a flourishing campaign was interrupted after only nine appearances after a knee ligament injury. United and Solskjaer hoped to agree to just £ 20 million in June.
With owner Mike Ashley again looking to sell the club that has been the owner for 12 years and Rafa Benítez renouncing China, United sought a reduced price for the 21-year-old but did not agree on a fee with Newcastle.
Woodward’s dilatory tactics could cost United a lot, and now they face the possibility of paying three times more for Longstaff if they call again next summer.