Man Utd chiefs set deadline of NEXT WEEK for midfielder as Arsenal and Barcelona circle
Manchester United want to resolve the future of Angel Gomes by next week. The Red Devils have been speaking to the starlet for a year over a new contract but no agreement has been reached.
Gomes will be able to leave United at the end of next month unless rules get changed because of the coronavirus crisis.
United are among those in the Premier League who make a final offer by the third week in May so they can agree new contracts or cut their losses with players.
The deadline they have set themselves is May 21 to make a last-ditch attempt to keep Gomes at the club, according to the Daily Mail.
The youngster has played six times for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season but has struggled to make a real impact at Old Trafford.
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The 19-year-old was United’s young player of the year back in 2018 and is being monitored by Barcelona, Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.
Arsenal are also watching the situation closely but if they were to secure the signing of Gomes, substantially more compensation would have to be paid to the Red Devils.
Speaking in February, United head of first-team development Nicky Butt insisted he had ‘massive’ hopes for Gomes.
“I’ve still got massive hopes for him,” he said.
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“He’s got a contract dispute at the minute, which all players have, and I don’t get involved in that.
“That’s what he does with his agent and the club. That’s personal.
“The boy trains every day and works hard. His work ethic, the way he approaches training every day, and the way he approaches games whether he’s playing for the reserve team, U19s, first team, is spot on.
“His talent is unbelievable. Angel has to get the right niche at the right time. If it all comes together then we’ve got one hell of a player on our hands.”
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Meanwhile, United boss Solskjaer has warned the summer transfer window could be very different because of COVID-19.
He said: “Today’s world is different to what it was two months ago.
“We’ve got to adjust, adapt, there’s clubs out there struggling more than us financially.
“It’s a new world, and I think the transfer market this summer will be completely different to what anyone thought it would be.”
United were sitting fifth in the Premier League when football was suspended due to coronavirus.
And they will look to leapfrog Chelsea into the top four if the season gets back underway to try and secure Champions League football next year.
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