Integrating academy talents into the first-team picture was always going to be an important part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding job as Manchester United manager.
The club marketed the three words ‘Youth, courage, success’ heavily last summer, projecting an emphasis on the importance of young players, during the Norwegian’s tenure. Actions speak louder than words though, and United have backed their statement up.
Since Solskjaer took the reigns, we have seen the club tie down a large majority of their academy graduates. The star figures of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams have committed their futures to Ole’s project, with fellow names like James Garner and Tahiti Chong following in the same direction. Even Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s contract received an extension.
One player who hasn’t followed such suit is Angel Gomes. The Englishman’s contract is set to expire on July 1st, inevitably fuelling plenty of speculation around his future. Whilst it won’t fill fans with great hope that the teenager has left it so long, the club are reportedly keen for him to stay.
As per James Robson of the Evening Standard, United are still trying to convince Gomes to remain at Old Trafford. Those at the club are reportedly big fans of the talent, despite his lack of game-time this season.
These reports coincide with The Sun, who recently cited that United have ditched a last minute offer to Gomes worth £30,000. This base salary is without bonuses – quite a lucrative amount for a player that has two Premier League appearances to his name this season.
With Chelsea reportedly waiting in the wings though, the clock is certainly ticking for United to get a deal done. From reports, we can take confidence in saying the club would prefer to keep the young talent, but they appear to be in a moral cross-fire when it comes to offering a fair deal.
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