Matty Longstaff could be about to get a quite incredible 3,500% pay rise by leaving Newcastle.
The 20-year-old earns just £850-per-week at Newcastle as he remains on his academy contract at St James’ Park.
That expires this summer, though, and it now looks likely Longstaff will leave his boyhood club.
Newcastle have attempted to keep him by offering him a new deal believed to be in the region of £15,000-per-week.
However, he has an offer from Serie A club Udinese worth double that.
Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie tweeted on Tuesday evening: “Matty Longstaff has been offered £30,000-a-week to sign for Serie A side Udinese. The midfielder flew out to Italy before lockdown, where held talks over a 5-year-deal. Longstaff wants to stay at Newcastle but Udinese’s offer is more than double that of Newcastle’s.”
He added: "Previous reports stated Marseille & Inter Milan were interested, but only Udinese have made a concrete offer so far. Matty been mulling it over for nearly 3 months, and due to takeover situation at Newcastle talks have reached an impasse.”
Udinese would have to pay Newcastle just £400,000 in compensation for Longstaff, due to his age.
Longstaff burst onto the scene earlier this season when he scored the winner against Manchester United on his Premier League debut.
He then conducted a brilliant post-match interview with his older brother, Sean.
"Last night you go to bed dreaming of this but you never think it's going to happen. I'm over the moon - I'm speechless,” Matty said.
"I found out yesterday after training when the XI was read out. I was getting ready to go and do extra shooting thinking I wasn't playing. Butterflies started to go yesterday and looking forward to going out, to do it was even better. It's a big thing and I was buzzing.
While Sean added: "I'm over the moon for him," said Sean. "If I'm being honest, he's been unlucky to be out of the team. But today he's been a breath of fresh air."
"It was great, you look how lively he is, he gets around the pitch and makes my job much easier. Usually, he's bouncing around the house but last night he was the quietest I've ever seen him. He was outstanding and deserves all the credit he's going to get.”
But it seems Longstaff’s ‘dream’ of playing for his boyhood is coming to an end due to their reluctance to match Udinese’s contract offer.
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