Christian Atsu left out of Newcastle United's Asia tour

Christian Atsu left out of Newcastle United's Asia tour

The 21-year-old is believed to be in no hurry to leave Tyneside and is expected to remain fully committed to Newcastle, should they fail to reach an agreement with Manchester United.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United (11) is shown a yellow card by referee Graham Scott as team mate Sean Longstaff appeals during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on February 11, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

Longstaff is understood to be keen on a move to Old Trafford but Newcastle's demands mean Solskjaer's side may now have to focus on other targets.

According to widespread reports, a £50m price tag has been put on the 21-year-old's head.

Now though, Longstaff has returned to pre-season training fitter than ever.

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Newcastle United had earlier said that the player is not for sale.

Longstaff has become a key target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer but a move is now unlikely to happen.

Keeping Longstaff would be a rare chink of life in a summer which has been nothing short of dire, but if United come forward with the kind of money they threw at Aaron Wan-Bissaka, it would not be a surprise to see Newcastle cave. However, the Mancunians are unwilling to offer more than £20 million for Longstaff and could now pull out of the deal, given the Magpies' exorbitant demands.

The midfielder had claimed he was not thinking of an exit from the club this summer, but following the exit of Rafael Benitez, he has set his sights on a transfer to Manchester United as per the report.

Leicester are demanding £90m for the England centre-back but United are hoping to strike a deal around the £75m figure that Liverpool paid Southampton for Virgil van Dijk a year ago.