Tahith Chong’s new contract wasn’t something many expected a couple of months ago. For quite some time it seemed that he was destined to join Romelu Lukaku and Ashley Young at Inter Milan at the end of the 2019/2020 season. Events conspired for Chong to sign a new deal at United while then teammate Angel Gomes ended up departing the club.
While first time minutes haven’t been easy for the Dutch youngster to come by since the Premier League restarted, it seems quite clear that the path the club have charted for him begin with gaining first team minutes at another club.
To that end, the club and Chong’s representatives are looking for a club where Chong can spend next season accruing a good amount of first team game time.
As per Weser Kurier, Tahith Chong is being looked at as a potential replacement for Milot Rashica. The Kosovo international is heavily linked with a move away to Werder Bremen, with Borussia Dortmund being one of multiple rumoured suitors.
Frank Baumann, the Sporting Director of Werder Bremen said that “he is very fast, coming from the outside – it fits in terms of profile”. More interestingly, Baumann highlighted that “borrowing guys from top clubs like this can make sense to us. Because of our situation [Bremen’s financial situation due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to a drop of approximately 30 million euros this year], he’s [Chong] a player who could be interesting.”
It’s not common for Sporting Directors to openly come out and declare interest in another club’s players so this could be a sign of real seriousness on Bremen’s part to bring Chong to Germany for the duration of the 20/21 season.
However, Weser Kurier’s Christoph Sonnenberg strongly implies that Bremen aren’t the only side pursuing a loan deal for Tahith Chong. While refraining from going into specifics, Sonnenberg states that “one problem may be that Werder [Bremen] is not the only one [club] interested.”
While there is definitely a ways to go regarding where Chong will ply his trade next season, both his camp and Manchester United must be happy to see that opportunities are popping up for him to accelerate his development and return to Manchester a far more mature winger.