Udinese are on the verge of securing a deal that would bring promising Newcastle United midfielder Matthew Longstaff to the Stadio Friuli.
Longstaff scored the Magpies’ only goal in a 1-0 win over Manchester United on his Premier League debut in October 2019 and went on to make another six appearances, before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Sky Italia, the Zebrette have offered Longstaff a five year deal worth €33,500 per week, a considerable increase on his current deal with the English club, which is thought to be worth €950 a week.
The 20-year-old and his father met with Udinese representatives after talks to keep him in the north of England stalled. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is believed to have offered less than half the amount tabled by the Serie A club, and appears set to lose the midfielder this summer.
Rotherham-born Longstaff came through the academy at St. James’ Park alongside older brother Sean, a fellow midfielder in Newcastle’s first team.