Man United are set for crucial talks with Tahith Chong’s agents this week as the club bid to thwart interest from Juventus.
The winger is out of the deal at the end of the season, and Manchester United face the prospect of losing him at the end of the season if they’re unable to agree on a new contract.
Chong remains on a basic salary at Old Trafford, but Manchester United have already offered to significantly increase his wage to a figure that could reach £25,000-a-week with bonuses included.
Reports that Chong had already decided to transfer on are wide off the mark, but Man United still face a battle to convince the 19-year-old to stay at the club.
But sources have told Metro.co.uk that Manchester United are confident Chong will eventually sign a deal and that the club can point to his integration this time into the first team as a signal of his development.
The teenager has made four matches so far this season and is likely to feature in both of Man United’s remaining Europa League games following their qualification for the last-32.
Norwegian boss has made the promotion of academy prospects a central aspect of his tenure and Chong is observed as one of the most promising.
Though Chong’s yet to sparkle in the first team, the Red Devils remain convinced that he has what it takes to make it; provided he trusts in their handling of his future.
Juventus’ policy of snapping up out-of-contract talent has proved fruitful in recent years, and they made a hefty £89million in allowing Paul Pogba to return to Old Trafford in 2016.
But Manchester United feel Chong is on the right track and they accept that his failure so far to impress in the first team may have been down to their hastiness in giving young prospects such as himself and Angel Gomes chances before they’re ready.
That’s why United may look to send the pair out on loan in January but they’ll look to tie both players down to long-term deals before sending them elsewhere.