In Focus: Bongonda pining for Man United, Chelsea move

Earlier this week, Celta Vigo attacker Theo Bongonda told reporters that he wanted to leave his Spanish club in order to operate at a higher level.

Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid were mentioned by the 21-year-old, although Manchester United and Chelsea were the two Premier League clubs named as possible future destinations.

What’s the story?

Wide players are not expected to be priority signings for either Man United or Chelsea in this summer’s transfer window, although the chance to bring exciting youngsters to the Premier League is not an opportunity that either would want to waste.

Bongonda joined Celta from Zulte-Waregem in 2015, and the winger has already made more than 50 La Liga appearances during his time in Spain.

Statistics of just one goal and three assists in 24 La Liga appearances this season are not exactly mouthwatering, although the Belgian has shown his potential in flashes, with his blistering pace and ability to beat a man attributes that have brought admiring glances in recent months.

As of yet, it is unclear whether Man United or Chelsea are particularly interested in Bongonda, although the attacker, who has a contract with Celta until the summer of 2019, has done a good job of putting his name out there ahead of what should be a busy summer transfer window.

Do Man United or Chelsea need him?

In short, no. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are wide options for Man United, while Jose Mourinho is not exactly a manager that favours a straight 4-4-2 formation with blistering pace in the wide positions.

At least one centre-forward is expected to arrive at Old Trafford this summer, while Mourinho is said to be considering a switch to a 3-4-3 formation on a permanent basis, which could leave Antonio Valencia and Luke Shaw as his wide players, with two narrow attackers supporting the lone striker.

As for Chelsea, head coach Antonio Conte, bar some freak event, will continue with his 3-4-3 formation next season, cutting out the need for a specialist winger. A new right-sided wing-back could arrive at Stamford Bridge, although any signings further forward are expected to fill central positions.

There is no question that Bongonda has plenty of talent and potential, although it appears unlikely that his comments will spark a transfer battle between Man United and Chelsea at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.