On November 1st, Tahith Chong’s agent Erkan Alkan said his client was ‘quietly waiting’ for a new contract from Manchester United.
Unfortunately for the 20-year-old, the new proposal either never arrived, or wasn’t to his liking, and his contract with the Red Devils will expire after this season.
On January 21st, there were further reports about Inter Milan’s interest in the Dutchman and it was also suggested the attacker’s representative met the Serie A side’s officials.
The player’s agent was said to be asking for huge wages for Chong, and a big commission.
Chong is on the front page of today’s Tuttosport and within the report it’s stated Inter and Juventus are set to fight for the player. It’s explained Inter are leading the race.
If Antonio Conte finds Chong isn’t ready for the Italian side, Inter would then consider sending him to Chinese club Jiangsu Suning. The clubs have the same owners.
With various claims around Chong’s future, Votebal International got in touch with his agent for an update.
He’s claimed those in charge at United see a future for the player, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels differently.
“He has different views on Tahith than the leadership. A coach thinks about himself, I think about my player. He has come to a point where he feels that he is not going any further. Then it’s time to look further,” Alkan said.
VI adds Chong will soon make a decision on his future and it’s still unclear whether it’ll be in Turin or Milan.
The youngster has largely failed to impress when given opportunities by Solskjaer, and it may be that demands on wages have as much to do with the disagreement as selection choices.
FC Inter News reported that Chong was asking for €12m over the next five years ‘with a first year wage of €2m, which then gradually rises to €2.2m in the second, €2.5m in the third, €2.7m in the fourth and finally €3m in the final year’.
Those figures are after tax, and the commission request was put at €6-7m. Inter Milan rejected the claims, and put their own proposal forward, at much lower figures than requested by Chong’s agent.