Manchester United dedicated a good chunk of their 2019-20 season, at least in its original duration, to convincing Angel Gomes that he should stay at Old Trafford.
And they have failed.
“I’ve got no news, nothing. I’ve not heard from them last night or this morning, it seems like they haven’t managed to agree. The answer is probably short and ‘yes [he’s leaving]’, then.”
-Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United manager; Source: The Independent
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder will be free to sign a contract with the club who presents him the best contract — presumably surpassing the £25,000 per week offered by United just before his departure — and long-term project.
According to a report from the Independent, Chelsea, who had been linked for the past few months, are expected to be one of the clubs to make a play for Gomes (although not free of charge, technically) and are “willing to offer a persuasive deal” to the soon-to-be former Manchester United youth player.
As it is always the case, Chelsea will not be alone in this regard. Clubs all over Europe, with Benfica, Hamburg and Valencia reportedly ahead of the “pack”, are also interested in Gomes. Gomes’ association with super-agent Pini Zahavi could be helpful for us.
Until his exit, Gomes was seen as one of the players who would lead United to a brighter future. He made his professional debut at 16 years and 263 days old during the 2016-17 season, becoming the youngest player in the club’s history, breaking Duncan Edwards’ record that stood for 64 years.
Angel Gomes is going places. And he might even do so at Stamford Bridge!