Arsenal are reportedly one of eight teams interested in signing Newcastle’s young midfielder Matty Longstaff, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Longstaff has broken through at St James’ Park this season, scoring on his Premier League debut against Manchester United with a sublime long-range effort.
Despite continuing to impress, his chances in the first-team became fewer as the year wore on, with several injured players returning to action.
Toon boss Steve Bruce has openly admitted that he would love to keep hold of Longstaff as he continues to attract attention from the huge clubs across Europe.
Newcastle could lose Matty Longstaff on a free transfer at the end of the season
However, TEAMtalk report that there are eight teams keen to land the youngster, who is believed to be open to the prospect of leaving the north east this summer.
Borussia Dortmund, Atalanta, Ajax, Club Brugge, Inter Milan, Everton and West Ham are all credited with interest.
Arsenal are also understood to be monitoring Longstaff’s situation though, as he continues to hold out on putting pen to paper to extend his contract with his boyhood club.
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And as a young, British talent who could be available on a free transfer, Longstaff would be the perfect addition.
Despite wanting to keep hold of the player, Bruce has admitted that he might not be able to prevent Longstaff from leaving the club if a bigger side comes in for him.
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