Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he has no idea if Angel Gomes will sign a new deal at Old Trafford.
Gomes, who has been linked with Chelsea in recent months, is out of contract next week.
The Red Devils have been unable to reach an agreement with his representatives so far, as they were ‘underwhelmed‘ by the new offer on the table.
Despite insisting a deal is “not too far away” last week, Solskjaer told a press conference “I can’t update on that” ahead of the Premier League clash with Sheffield United.
Last month, the Premier League announced clubs will be allowed to offer extensions to players with contracts expiring in June.
However Man United are only interested in tying him down to a long-term deal, and the transfer saga has rumbled on for a number of months, amid interest from Barcelona.
Even though Barca were genuinely keen to sign Gomes, they had no intentions of offering him first team football, which disappointed the teenager.
The 19-year-old, who turns 20 in August, has only made six appearances for Solskjaer so far, and he will become a free agent when his contract runs out at the end of the month. His current market value is estimated at £3m via Transfermarkt.
Whether or not he stays or goes probably won’t bother the Norwegian too much, as he has so many attacking options to choose from, including Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Odion Ighalo.
Indeed, Gomes has even failed to supplant Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, and his lack of game time makes it hard for him to hold any leverage.
Given his young age, he is still largely unproven, and Ed Woodward should not give in to his demands, although the Red Devils might regret sanctioning a move in the future, as ended up happening with Gerard Pique.
Naturally, many United fans slammed Gomes’ “ridiculous” transfer update, with one fan urging the board to “let him go,” and another branding him “clueless.”
Scroll through some of the scathing reactions so far…
Just let him go… Players like that always hurts the team. See Pogba although good when committed he doesn't have the passion for the team like James and McTominay shows
— amoah alfred (@amoahfredo) June 23, 2020
Ridiculous. He should see the amount of opportunities players like Williams and Greenwood have got in the past 12 months and jump at the opportunity to sign a new deal
— GOLACCIOOOOOO (@ping_pogba) June 23, 2020
Let him go and wish him the best
— YZS (@YZS_30) June 23, 2020
This guy should leave if he wants to or better still sign a deal, he isn’t the next Ronaldo or Rooney. If he can’t sign then he should go where he feels would be better for him.
— Gregory Okorie (@Gregory_manutd) June 23, 2020
Bye bye gomes
— IsaacUTD🔴🏴 (@isaac_utd) June 23, 2020
He’s really not worth the hassle.
Give him 24 hours. If he accepts, great. If not, see you later.
— Michael (@TFWriter) June 23, 2020
Let him go.his level is lge 2
— AJ (@_plusjones) June 23, 2020
— Salty Millenial (@MillenialSalty) June 23, 2020
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