Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has revealed Scott McTominay remains on the shortlist at Newcastle United, though Manchester United have not yet made a decision.
For the last few seasons, McTominay has been an important member of the United side. He’s one of the under-the-radar players that United often have in their ranks.
Indeed, alongside, Fred, he’s been part of a very useful midfield pair.
Neither man is an absolute star, but they do their job with little fuss. McTominay has so far made 208 appearances for the Red Devils since coming through the academy system.
Last season saw him appear most often. While the 30 Premier League appearances he made weren’t the most of his career, they equated to the most minutes – 2,391.
At 26 years of age, he’s entering his prime years. While he’s not been as heavily utilised this season, he’s still clearly appreciated by Erik ten Hag.
McTominay has still made 24 appearances in the league, often used as a substitute, but he has made 10 starts.
Newcastle still pushing for £50million transfer
United may not require the services of McTominay if the Chelsea star is to join. However, they apparently still want to raise £50million from his transfer.
It would certainly be a shock if United were to sell a player approaching his prime for much less. That there’s a chance they’ll sell a homegrown player of his age could raise eyebrows anyway.
Transfer insider Romano has once again reiterated that McTominay ‘remains on the list’ for Newcastle. The Italian journalist suggests the midfielder is ‘appreciated by Eddie Howe’.
While a move could come to fruition, United have apparently ‘not made a decision yet’.
The potential decision hinges on the plans of Ten Hag, according to Romano.
Inbound transfers could force McTominay out
The aforementioned interest in Mount is one plan that could see McTominay pushed out. The more midfielders United target, the more chance there seems that the academy product will leave.
Frenkie de Jong is still on United’s radar, after a lengthy period of interest last summer.
The Red Devils are also said to be in contention for Declan Rice. If he joined the club for £100million – a price that’s been mooted for some time – selling McTominay for £50million would half the damage.
It remains to be seen if any of those players do head through the door at Old Trafford this summer. If so, Ten Hag might well sanction the exit of his midfielder.
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