Inter Milan have edged closer to agreeing a deal with Manchester United starlet Tahith Chong – but his agents’ demands are proving a frustration for the Italians.
Despite showing promise last season Chong, 20, has yet to cement a place in the first-team at United during the current campaign, with his appearances mainly limited to the Europa League, Carabao Cup and FA Cup.
His contract with the Red Devils expires in June, and the club are said to be keen on tying him down on a new long-term deal, though it seems likely he will leave for pastures new this summer.
The likes of Juventus have expressed an interest in signing the player on a free transfer in the summer but it is Inter who lead the way and they have held talks for a number of weeks.
According to FCInterNews.it, Inter are understood to be close to meeting Chong’s salary demands, which are believed to be £1.7million plus bonuses per year.
However the Serie A heavyweights, it is claimed, have encountered problems regarding how much commission Chong’s agents are demanding.
It has been reported that they originally demanded £5.9m, though they have since dropped that figure to £4.2m – but that is still an eye-watering figure to Inter who are only willing to pay £1.5m.
Chong is thought to be growing frustrated with his lack of playing time in Premier League matches, having made just two appearances in the division all season, and is open to a move to Italy.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said in November that he wanted the club to keep both Chong and his teammate Angel Gomes, whose contract is also up in the summer, but admitted he was powerless to stop them if they want to leave.
He said: “There are players we wanna get signed, of course. And Tahith is a player we think is going to develop. We’ve offered him a very good contract and the ball is in his court.”