Deal clinched: Manchester United land winger after breakthrough in talks
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Dutch wonderkid Tahith Chong has revealed he will join Manchester United in the summer after a breakthrough in talks.
The 16-year-old Feyenoord star has given the green light to the transfer after being persuaded by United’s plan for developing youth.
Football Insider revealed in January that the Premier League giants had made a raid for the teenage winger after assessing him in frequent scouting trips in the last 18 months.
Feyenoord put forward a strong case for Chong to stay and as recently as February Chong was quoted as saying that his first choice would be to remain with the Dutch club and progress from their famed Academy set-up.
However, the youngster has subsequently changed his mind because he claimed he got a better feeling when holding talks with United.
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“It was my intention to stay at Feyenoord, but no plan was made for me,” the playmaker revealed to Dutch publication Elf Voetbal. “When I said I wanted to leave, they made a plan. That was too late.
“At Manchester United I had a better feeling. You can feel it immediately when you walk in a club.”
The progress of youngsters such as Marcus Rashford, Guillermo Varela and Timothy Fosu-Mensah at Old Trafford has offered encouragement to the Feyenoord youngster.
United’s talent-spotters were impressed with Chong when he played for Feyenoord at the Premier Cup tournament which was held at United’s Carrington training complex last August.
Chong can play on either flank but is predominantly used by the highly-rated Feyenoord youth team on the left wing.
In other Manchester United transfer news, the club are deciding whether to bid for 16-year-old Livingston striker Matthew Knox, who had a January trial at Carrington.