Paul Robinson has claimed to Football Insider that there will be a number of Premier League teams willing to match Udinese’s offer for Newcastle United central midfield player Matty Longstaff.
Would Longstaff be a miss for Newcastle after the takeover?
The former Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper suggested that if money was important and he wanted to stay in the country, there would be options for him.
Sky Sports revealed last week that Longstaff has been offered a £30,000-a-week deal by Serie A side Udinese with a rather healthy signing-on bonus.
The Tyneside club’s original contract offer was just half of that figure but the Magpies have returned with an improved offer worth over £20,000-a-week.
Robinson insisted that it would be bad business for the Toon to lose the midfielder for just a £400,000 compensation fee.
“He has scored some important goals and Newcastle would not get a great compensation fee for him,” the ex-keeper told the outlet.
“To lose a player of that quality for that price would not be great.
“It is still so early in his career and he would be moving into the unknown. I think he would be a lot better playing in this country.
“I cannot imagine it would be his first choice. Is it for financial gain? I am not so sure, that for that amount of money, it would be worth taking the chance of moving to a different country and a different style of football in a different league.
“If he did not want to stay at Newcastle, I am sure there would be a lot of suitors in this country that would match Udinese’s offer if money was important.”
The publication also revealed last month that Everton are reportedly interested in the England Under-20 international.
Longstaff, who is out of contract on 30 June, has scored three goals in 12 senior appearances so far in the 2019/20 season, according to Transfermarkt.
As Robinson suggests, for a player that is currently valued at £3.24 million and is arguably a rising star in the English game, perhaps the money discussed for letting Longstaff go is simply too little.
In addition, it is not a formality that he would hit the ground running in a different country with perhaps a different style of football.
Indeed, given the prices quoted for taking Longstaff off of NUFC’s hands, it might be worth some clubs in the top flight taking a punt on him, especially given the financial crisis at the moment caused by the global pandemic.
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