Match of the Day magazine report that both Inter Milan and AC Milan have taken an interest in Matty Longstaff.
The Newcastle youngster has enjoyed a breakthrough season under Steve Bruce with seven appearances to his name, but his performances have not yet earned him a new contract.
That might be what has caused interest in him to grow as European clubs are now able to make a contract offer to the 19-year-old, and that should trouble the Magpies.
His current wage of £850 a week means it may not take much for Longstaff to be persuaded to move elsewhere, and the appeal of joining a huge European outfit could be too great to ignore.
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Longstaff has displayed the potential he has in the limited games he’s played in this season, but despite Bruce’s use of the youngster, there has been no action on the contract front. At present, his current deal expires in the summer.
As well as his two goals, the England U20 international has contributed 78% pass accuracy, while an average of 0.6 key passes is respectable for a young player just coming into the limelight.
Interest in Longstaff has been no secret over the last few weeks, with fears that clubs in Germany were believed to be interested.
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That should have acted as a warning sign to both Bruce and Mike Ashley, yet the pair have seemingly done little to tie down the Geordie to a long-term deal, which means the club risks losing him for as little as £400,000.
If that occurs it would be a travesty. Longstaff has already proven capable of playing a role in the current Magpies squad, even if it is only as a back-up, though Graeme Souness’ praise of the midfielder suggests he could provide much more, and therefore his real value is a lot higher.
The former Newcastle manager suggested he looked like he “belonged” on the Premier League stage following his debut against Manchester United earlier in the season, a performance he described as “fabulous”.
As a result, Ashley should have sat up and taken notice right away by handing him a new deal. A failure to do so could come back to haunt him. This will be his fault if Longstaff walks through the exit door.
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