Manchester United failed to sign any midfielders this summer despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer losing both Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera since January.
Sean Longstaff, Bruno Fernandes, Idrissa Gueye and Christian Eriksen were among the midfielders linked with a move to the Red Devils.
ESPN FC report that Longstaff, who was mooted with a move to Manchester over the last few months, remains a target despite Newcastle United having demanded £50million for their academy graduate.
Reports indicated that Longstaff – who started in the Magpies’ opening Premier League weekend defeat to Arsenal last Sunday – is seen as a player with a big future by Solskjaer.
But following suggestions United were looking to secure a deal for around £25m, Newcastle’s price tag was doubled in light of their other business.
United signed right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace for £50m and would go on to spend a world-record fee for a defender of £80m on centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester City.
Yet ESPN FC claim United have not ended their interest in Longstaff despite Newcastle’s pricey valuation of the 21-year-old.
That is with Solskjaer said to be determined to land a new central midfielder next summer, having addressed defensive deficiencies heading into his first full campaign as manager.
The report adds that the north east club are hopeful of agreeing a new contract with Longstaff, who Steve Bruce is keen to keep at St James’ Park for the long term.
But United-linked Sporting Lisbon captain Fernandes will not be heading to the Premier League giants, it appears.
Although the Portuguese international was heavily tipped to move to Old Trafford, United ended their interest due to fears he would not be a good fit for Solskjaer’s style.
Having been mentioned as a target for numerous clubs, Fernandes – who scored 32 goals and laid on 18 assists last term – United were reportedly fearful the player loses possession too often to suit the Norwegian coach.
United were frustrated with the repeated links to Fernandes and according to ESPN FC believe that Sporting chiefs were seeking to force a bidding war by exaggerating the level of interest in their skipper from across Europe.
Solskjaer made three signings in his first summer in charge, with Wan-Bissaka and Maguire following his first acquisition, which saw him snap up Daniel James from Swansea City in a deal that could rise to beyond £20m with add-ons.
United’s new-look side started the season in style with a 4-0 thrashing of top-four rivals Chelsea last Sunday.
Without any new midfielders, Solskjaer lined up with Paul Pogba partnering Scott McTominay as Andreas Pereira operated in a No 10 role.
United travel to Wolves this coming Monday (8pm) for their second top-flight game of the campaign, having been beaten 2-1 at Molineux both in the league and in the FA Cup quarter-finals under Solskjaer last season.