Manchester United has always been a hotbed when it comes to handing minutes to talented up-and-comers while developing their natural ability.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to continue that mantra, giving opportunities to several academy products. One youngster who has been in and out of the team this season is Tahith Chong.
United’s hands are somewhat tied behind their back in regards to the fluffy-haired Dutchman due to the fact his current deal expires this summer. We’ve been covering that ongoing story pretty extensively.
Anyway today, it seems as though Chong has reached his decision… The story comes from FCInterNews, who write that the talented 20-year-old has decided not to renew his United contract so he can leave for free this coming summer.
Right now, Inter Milan (surprise surprise) are leading the charge for Chong’s services. The attacker’s representatives are in talks with the Serie A giants, with the two parties thought to be ‘close’ to reaching a salary agreement.
Chong is after £1.7m net per year, rising to about £2.5m after add-ons and bonuses, while Inter wants to deal at around £1.2m per year plus bonuses. There is a belief that the parties can meet in the middle and reach an agreement.
Inter isn’t the only option for Chong, either, with his agent continuing to evaluate proposals from French, German and Spanish clubs ‘in the coming days’.
It’s easy for me to say this now, but I wouldn’t be bending over backwards for Chong. In his limited appearances for United at first-team level, he has hardly failed to inspire. Sure, that talent may be unleashed in future, but the club shouldn’t be held to ransom.
If my math is correct, £2.5m per year is about £50k a week. The Red Devils should not be handing that to someone of Chong’s status, plain and simple.
Fair enough, I’ll wish him the best if Chong wants to leave. He’d be the fourth United player to join Inter in a twelve-month span if the deal goes through. Maybe Conte should’ve just moved to Manchester, eh…?