Manchester United close to signing Tahith Chong

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Manchester United may well appear to be a fading force in the game, but that hasn't stopped them fast-tracking youth team stars over the last few years. 

Under Louis van Gaal's regime at Old Trafford, the likes of Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Guillermo Varela and co. have all been handed opportunities to impress in the first-team. 

It's safe to say that the United hierarchy haven't been afraid to splash the cash on a number of talented, young stars recently - Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay have all arrived in the last couple of years - and it appears that they are gearing up to bring another exciting prospect to the club. 


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As per the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are closing in on the signing of Feyenoord wonderkid Tahith Chong. The report claims that the deal is imminent and should be completed in the coming days. 

The 16-year-old midfielder is one of the most exciting young talents in Europe and has attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. 

Chong credentials 

The Dutch Under-17 ace can play on either wing or behind the striker but is best suited to the left of midfield. 

Despite being part of the Feyenoord academy since the age of 10, it appears that Chong, who is yet to establish himself as a first-team player, could join the ranks at Old Trafford sooner rather than later. 

But will he get a chance to succeed in Manchester? Well, it appears that there's a notion that if you're good enough, then you're old enough. 

That has been the case with so many young players at Old Trafford recently, but Chong will surely be well aware that Van Gaal's long-term future at the club is far from certain. 

Change of manager 

Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho has been long linked to the United job, of course, and his philosophy differs from the current Red Devils chief. 

Mourinho may well be one of the most revered managers in world football, but he's not exactly known for bringing through young players. That, of course, goes against Manchester United's beliefs as a football club. 

Could and more importantly would Mourinho change for United? Perhaps he is versatile to change, but, at this stage, there's no proof that he will be able to. 

That will, understandably, be a concern for the Manchester United hierarchy, who have taken their time over the decision. It will be an interesting summer for all involved. 

Manchester United fans: do you expect Chong to sign for your club? Have your say below! 

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