Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Angel Gomes on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The 19-year-old’s current deal at Old Trafford runs out in the summer and there is no indication that he is close to agreeing fresh terms.
According to the Metro, United have offered the starlet a £25,000 per-week package to persuade him to remain at the club beyond this season.
But Gomes’ representatives are not convinced that this is the best deal for the player’s long term development and there are obvious concerns about his lack of game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Gomes has made just three starts under the Norwegian this season, all of which have come in the Europa League.
But it is believed the club feel that Gomes needs more time to develop, similarly to the way Jesse Lingard wasn’t deemed ready for the first-team squad until he was 24.
Surely a loan move could have been more beneficial for the playmaker in January, after it had become player he won’t be part of Solskjaer’s first-team plans before the end of the season.
The Metro’s report claims Gomes is becoming impatient with a lack of a path into the first-team, despite his impressive performances for Neil Wood’s u23 side.
And it is believed Chelsea are monitoring his future and are ready to capitalise on his uncertain contract situation.
United cannot afford to let Gomes, who has been at the club’s academy since the age of eight, leave on a free to a direct rival this summer.
After securing the long-term future of Tahith Chong, officials need to turn their attention to Gomes, but he may still refuse to sign an improved deal if he is not given reassurances he wants over game time.