Manchester United have identified two generational talents that they want to tie down to long-term contracts this summer.
The Evening Standard report that United have spent the last six months aiming to secure the future of Jude Bellingham and Angel Gomes.
Birmingham midfielder Bellingham has emerged a a priority target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The 16-year-old has already taken a tour of the club’s Carrington training facility and United are prepared to pay £30m to sign him.
Bellingham has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Championship, making 25 appearances for the Blues in a variety of positions across midfield.
The Standard’s report claims Bellingham has been told he will be expected to immediately fight for a place in the first-team set-up, with Solskjaer convinced he is ready to make the step up to the Premier League.
Gomes, meanwhile, is set to become a free agent at the end of the month when his contract expires.
While the youngster has already rejected numerous contract offers over concerns of a path into the first-team, there is still a confidence that he could commit his long-term future to United.
The 19-year-old is described in the Standard’s article as the ‘elusive number 10′ that Solskjaer has been looking for since he took charge and has big plans for the diminutive midfielder.
Gomes is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects to come out of the academy in over a decade and we hope he gets the chance to prove his worth in the first-team.
However, we remain cautious in our optimism over Gomes’ future at the club as Solskjaer’s first-team still appears distant given the abundance of midfielders the Norwegian now has to choose from.