Former England international goalkeeper Paul Robinson has reacted to the possible transfer of Newcastle United central midfield player Matty Longstaff to Udinese, giving his thoughts to Football Insider.
As per the outlet, Robinson claimed that the Toon Army have taken to the 20-year-old and given him a warm welcome at St. James’ Park.
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However, Sky Sports revealed last week that Longstaff has been offered a deal by Udinese believed to be in the region of £30,000-a-week with a signing-on bonus. The Tyneside club’s original contract offer was just half of that figure but the Magpies have reacted with an improved offer worth more than £20,000-a-week.
Longstaff, who is out of contract on 30 June, would cost potential suitors just £400,000 in a compensation fee. The Athletic have also claimed that managing director Lee Charnley has contacted the midfielder’s representatives and identified an extension for Longstaff as a priority.
When asked by Football Insider if he saw a move to Serie A as beneficial for the Englishman, Robinson said:
“I suspect that he could adapt to a move to Italy but I am shocked that he has been offered a contract at Udinese.
“He has come through the Newcastle academy and it seems like the talks have stalled but Udinese is a strange one and it has come out of nowhere.
“It could be financial or perhaps he would like the experience of playing there.
“I do not think it would sit well with the Newcastle fans if he left. It would really upset the fanbase. The fans love him up there and they have welcomed him into the team.”
Indeed, the England under-20 international has been enjoying a relatively impressive breakthrough season so far, scoring three goals in 12 senior appearances in the 2019/20 campaign, according to Transfermarkt.
However, a move to a different country and style of football may provide a new challenge for Longstaff that he might want to take even though it is still rather early in his professional career. Given that he has came through the academy as well, supporters may well not look at him in the same way again if he decides to leave them in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Nevertheless, the decision ultimately lies with Longstaff as to whether his time at the Toon comes to an abrupt end.
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