Arsenal face stiff competition in race for Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff on free transfer

Matty Longstaff
Matty Longstaff has attracted the attention of clubs across Europe (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal are one of a number of clubs ready to pounce and snap up Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff on a free transfer this summer, with the youngster’s contract set to expire at the end of the season.

The 20-year-old made his debut for the Magpies this season and has scored three goals in nine appearances for Steve Bruce’s side.

His elder brother Sean already established his place in the Newcastle side last season, but Matty burst onto the scene in October, scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

He may not have played much, but such have been the level of his performances that he has gained admirers across the continent, with Newcastle unable to agree a new contract with him.

Arsenal are considering snapping up the young midfielder, but the Sun credits an incredible list of teams across Europe with wanting to do the same.

Everton, West Ham, Borussia Dortmund, Ajax, Club Brugge, Inter Milan and Atalanta are all thought to be monitoring Longstaff’s situation and considering making him an offer in the summer.

A compensation fee would need to be paid, but it would only be around £400,000, which would tempt clubs into the signing which would be almost no gamble at all at that price.

Older brother Sean has also been strongly linked with a Newcastle exit, with Manchester United showing serious interest last summer, but the Magpies set an asking price of £50m for the 22-year-old, who has a contract until 2022.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is still hoping that both Longstaff brothers will sign new contracts and extend their stays at St James’ Park.

‘Look, we always want to keep your best young players, especially if they’re Geordies, of course,’ said Bruce last month,

‘Let’s hope they both get tied up.’

Negotiations have continued, but club and the player’s representatives cannot agree on terms as yet.

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