Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is hopeful Angel Gomes will snub Chelsea and stay at Manchester United.
According to ESPN, Gomes has returned to Carrington to resume training with the first team, but he could leave the club when his deal expires at the end of the month.
The 19-year-old, who was inspired by Ronaldinho as a boy, has been linked with a move to the Blues, yet Solskjaer is confident he will remain at Old Trafford.
Speaking via a virtual news conference on Thursday, the club legend insisted “We’ve offered him a deal. Hopefully he’ll take that, but if not, I’ll wish him all the best. From what I understand, it’s not too far away. If not, we’ll wish him all the best.”
As it stands, the transfer saga has dragged on for a number of months now, as Gomes has received plenty of attention from European giants like Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund.
The Manchester Evening News revealed the teenager rejected Man United’s initial offer, but Ed Woodward has approached his representatives with improved terms.
Although Barca were genuinely interested in the wonderkid, the La Liga leaders did not intend to give him first team football, which has disappointed the youngster.
Gomes has only made six appearances under Solskjaer so far and will become a free agent when his contract runs out in June.
Even if he stays or goes is largely immaterial, as the Norwegian has a dearth of attacking options at his disposal, including Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford and Odion Ighalo.
Moreover, Solskjaer most likely won’t lose any sleep over losing someone who has struggled to usurp Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.
While United could end up questioning why they sanctioned a move in the first place, as ended up happening with Gerard Pique, the board should not cave into his demands, as Gomes is still largely unproven.
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