Report: Dan Ashworth deal still not sealed as Manchester United and Newcastle remain worlds apart in valuation

Manchester United continue haggling with Newcastle United over Dan Ashworth

According to The Telegraph, negotiations continue between Newcastle United and Manchester United over agreeing a compensation fee for Dan Ashworth.

The 53-year-old was put on gardening leave by the Tyneside club in February after the Man United talks emerged.

The two clubs are reportedly £13 million apart in their respective valuations, with Newcastle demanding £15 million plus £5 million in add-ons to let Ashworth go early.

Manchester United continue haggling with Newcastle United over Dan Ashworth.
Ashworth took up the Sporting Directorship at Newcastle United only in February 2022.

As things currently stand, the new sporting owners at Old Trafford are willing to stand their ground and play hardball, even if it means not having a sporting director in place this summer.

Ashworth’s arrival is important, but so is Man United standing their ground

So far, Manchester United have been making the right moves in sorting out their football hierarchy. While it is important for them to have a new sporting director in place as soon as possible, and as good a fit Ashworth would be, it is equally important for United to try standing their ground for as long as possible.

Over the last decade, United have become famous for relenting to spending silly money for personnel acquisition. That is an image the new sporting owners want to change.

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Naturally, they’ll be taking a huge risk for next season if they decide to wait for Ashworth, but for the moment that seems like the right call from the United hierarchy.