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It could be time to start rubbing your eyes again if you’re a Manchester United fan. A highly-promising prospect, with very little game-time in the first-team, could be set to join Juventus on a free transfer. Sound familiar? Well, that was pretty much the story of Paul Pogba’s initial departure from Old Trafford, and now it could be a case of deja vu with Tahith Chong.
According to The Daily Mail, the Italian giants have been keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old in view of a potential move. The report claims the Bianconeri had representatives in attendance when Chong scored for United’s U23s in a 3-1 victory over Stoke last month, and that with his contract running out at the end of the current season, are considering swooping for him on a free.
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The Dutchman has barely featured for the Red Devils’ first-team this season, making just two appearances in the Premier League, with his game-time in the competition totalling a measly 24 minutes. This despite him being given his senior debut by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in one of the Norwegian’s first games in charge of the club in January. Since then, things have not looked promising at all in terms of making a breakthrough.
Having seen Pogba go on to dominate in Italy with 34 goals and 42 assists in 178 games, surely you would think United would have learned their lessons by now? Indeed, re-signing the France World Cup winner for a then world-record transfer fee of £89m seemed to be an acknowledgement that they had made a mistake in letting him go too soon. So how has this exact situation come to transpire again?
Chong has been tipped to enjoy a bright future in the game by a host of coaches and managers, with Jose Mourinho even remarking “when he makes the ball move and attacks people one against one, he has quality”. That kind of edge-of-your-seat style of play is exactly what fans love to see. And instead, it appears the Red Devils are going to let another starlet slip through the net in frustrating fashion.