Cape Town - Manchester United are planning to sit
down next week with Tahith Chong in a bid to persuade the talented
winger to sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
The 19-year-old Netherlands U21 international is in the final year of
his deal and the Red Devils are increasingly concerned at reported
interest from Juventus.
Officials at the Theatre of Dreams will need no reminder of how the
Italian giants spirited Paul Pogba away from Manchester, after he ran
down his contract as a youngster before the club then had to pay out a
record to bring him back in 2016.
United are pulling out all the stops in a bid to persuade Chong to
commit his long-term future, with a contract worth £30,000-per-week
being dangled in front of him.
That would make the Dutch starlet one of the highest-paid youngsters
on the United payroll, alongside academy striker team-mate, Mason
Greenwood, who recently penned new terms.
Chong’s advisers know they are in a strong position and will travel
to England in the coming days knowing how highly their client is rated
by boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The United manager has handed him four senior appearances already
this season, although it was clear from those outings that Chong is
still a work in progress.
The former Feyenoord youngster captained United’s Under-23 side in
Monday night’s 4-1 victory over Middlesbrough, scoring twice late on.
United are convinced Chong is still happy at the club and that they
can provide him with a fast-track to regular first-team football in the
next couple of years.
There is still optimism behind the scenes that an agreement can be
reached before January, when Chong is free to then talk to other clubs
on the continent – with bosses at Juve leading his queue of admirers.
United were thought to be considering sending Chong out on loan in
January in order for him to gain more first-team experience with his
opportunities limited at Old Trafford, although that would appear
unlikely if they don’t get him tied to a new contract before the winter
- TeamTalk Media