Friday's big transfer rumours: Manchester United drop interest in key midfield target

Sean Longstaff Man Utd

Ed Woodward & Co. have been put off by Newcastle's eye-watering price tag for Sean Longstaff

What the papers say

Manchester United are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire, according to The Sun

The Sun and Mirror both report that United have dropped their interest in Sean Longstaff after being quoted £50 million. They are reportedly ready to walk away from a deal for the 21-year-old midfielder, who has made only nine Premier League appearances and is yet to represent England at any age-group level, as they feel he is only worth between £18m and £20m.

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Sean Longstaff – is he worth £50million? (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manchester United target Steven Bergwijn is set to snub a move to Old Trafford and wait for Bayern Munich to make an offer, according to the Mail.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has blocked Rangers manager Steven Gerrard from signing Ryan Kent, the Express reports.

Barcelona are closing in on the signing of Antoine Griezmann after finally activating his £170m release clause, says the Mirror.

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