Newcastle United may now reportedly sell Sean Longstaff to a rival in the Premier League after his asking price was revealed.
The Lowdown: Everton interested
According to The Liverpool Echo, Rafa Benitez is considering a move to bring Longstaff to Everton, as he has entered the final year of his current deal at St. James’ Park.
Should Newcastle sell Longstaff?
At the risk of losing him on a free transfer in next summer’s window, the North East club may be considering cashing in on him while he still holds some value in the market.
The Latest: Southampton in race
As per The Daily Mail, the Tyneside club have slapped an asking price of £10m on Longstaff, with Southampton as well as the Toffees interested in his signature.
Benitez is interested in taking him to Goodison Park, while the Saints are also keen, although Ralph Hasenhuttl is said to want to bring in a new central defender and so may prioritise that first of all.
The Verdict: Sell
Given that he only has a year left on his current contract, the Magpies should be looking to sell Longstaff on in order to get some money for him now, rather than risk letting him go for free.
Although selling him to a direct rival in the top flight is not ideal, £10m is still a decent sum of money to get for the underperforming 23-year-old, which could then be reinvested back into the squad.
With Joe Willock arriving from Arsenal on a permanent deal earlier on in the window, Longstaff will surely see his game time limited, and so the next couple of weeks could provide the perfect opportunity to cash in.
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