Cape Town - Inter Milan are reportedly eager to lure Tahith
Chong away from Manchester United at the end of the season.
And Manchester United chiefs are 'increasingly resigned' to
the academy graduate walking away for free when his contract runs out this
The Red Devils have held last-ditch talks, but the talented
20-year-old appears to have set his heart on quitting for the Nerazzurri, who
have overtaken rivals Juventus in the race for his signature.
Chong arrived from Feyenoord's academy in 2016 and he has
made eight senior appearances this season, with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen
to demonstrate to the Netherlands Under-21 starlet that his first-team
aspirations can be fully met at Old Trafford.
However, it appears unlikely he will get another playing
opportunity tonight in Belgium for United's Europa League first leg tie in the
round of 32 against Club Brugge, having missed training early on Wednesday
United are accused in some quarters of taking their eye off
the ball when it comes to Chong and his fellow starlet Angel Gomes, allowing
both to enter the final year of their deals while handing big money renewals to
the likes of Juan Mata and Phil Jones.
Both youngsters are fiercely ambitious and United are
believed to have offered around £30 000-per-week, with a firm promise of
incremental rises over the next three years.
Inter officials, however, are understood to have floated
Chong a deal which is worth almost double what is currently on the table in
Manchester, after a healthy signing-on bonus is also factored in.
United maintain a firm stance when it comes to handing their
youngsters big salaries before they have actually made it, even if Chong is considered
one of their brightest prospects.
Striker Mason Greenwood agreed on wages before Christmas of
£30 000-per-week and United see absolutely no justification for them to treat
Chong any differently.
- TEAMtalk media