Manchester United ready to offload 18-goal star as Newcastle United launch fresh enquiry interest

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Manchester United are willing to sell Newcastle United transfer target Scott McTominay, NewcastleWorld has learned.

Manchester United are open to selling Scott McTominay this summer as Newcastle United show interest in the Scotland midfielder.

Having been a regular under previous manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 26-year-old has been frustrated by his lack of game time during Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge. McTominay started six of the Red Devils’ opening seven Premier League games but has only managed one start since October.

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That encouraged the Magpies to enquiry about McTominay in the January transfer window, however Man United made it clear they were unwilling to do business with a Champions League rival.

The league table will reset in the summer, and Newcastle retain an interest in McTominay, but he isn’t the only midfielder under consideration when the transfer window re-opens.

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay. (Photo by Ash Donelon/Manchester United via Getty Images) | Manchester United via Getty Imag

However, NewcastleWorld has learned that the Red Devils are willing to sell their academy graduate, who has scored 18 goals in 202 appearances,

to help bolster ten Hag’s summer transfer kitty. Similar to Newcastle, the Old Trafford club are restricted by Financial Fair Play rules.

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A central midfielder is a priority position for Magpies head coach Eddie Howe this summer after he was unable to replace Jonjo Shelvey, who left to join Nottingham Forest on January deadline day. Howe has found success with a three-man midfield over the last 12 months, but Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Joe Willock and Sean Longstaff are the only senior options.

With Christian Eriksen sidelined, Casemiro suspended and Marcel Sabizter a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League clash at St James’ Park, it’s possible McTominay could be recalled to the starting XI.

McTominay will arrive on Tyneside full of confidence after scoring a brace in Scotland’s shock Euro 2024 qualifier win over Spain on Monday evening.

“You have to set high expectations for yourself,” McTominay told Football Scotland. “You can’t just go into games hoping to do well. You must go in believing.

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Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Manchester United and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

”I spoke to the manager and he said, ‘I don’t think you’re playing with a smile on your face, and I want to see the smile come back out’. That was the first day I arrived [with the national squad] and I thought, ‘do you know what, he is right’.”

”I felt the smile did need to come back on my face, and I need to start enjoying football and playing like I love it.”

What happens between now and the end of the campaign for McTominay will decide how he approaches his future this summer. A move to Newcastle is an attractive proposition these days with Howe’s side flying high under their ambitious PIF-led owners.

The Magpies will leapfrog Man United into third in the league table if they claim three points this weekend.

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