Manchester United explored move for £ 5m English mastermind before Newcastle deal

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Newcastle United will welcome Dan Ashworth at some point this year – but he also had interest from Manchester United earlier this year.

Newcastle have long been linked with Ashworth; reports of their interest first broke in December 2021.

Brighton confirmed Ashworth’s departure in February and the expectation is that he will head to Newcastle.

However, there has been a snag. Brighton want a fee of £ 5million to buy Ashworth out of his gardening leave.

That means Ashworth could be forced to work at Brighton until November, which would be far from ideal.

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It still looks like Newcastle will secure Ashworth in the very near future, but it could have been veer different.

The Athletic report that Manchester United gave real consideration to the idea of ​​snatching Ashworth.

When it became clear earlier this year that Ashworth was leaving Brighton, United explored a potential move.

At this time, there was no agreement with Newcastle and United had a real chance of a deal.

In the end though, Newcastle won the race and can now look forward to Ashworth rebuilding their club in the coming years.

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Ashworth has an outstanding reputation in the game which goes back to his impressive work with West Bromwich Albion.

Ashworth then masterminded English football’s recent rise having taken on the role of technical director of The FA.

Brighton swooped in for Ashworth and have been superb off the pitch ever since, recruiting brilliantly whilst playing a fine brand of football under Graham Potter.

Ashworth seems to get more things right than wrong, and Newcastle need an organizational shift after their takeover.

The Englishman seems ideal for that position and responsibility, and Newcastle will be delighted to have beaten United to such a coup.

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