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Blow for Man United as highly-rated youngster moves closer to a switch to PL rivals

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Angel Gomes has only played six times for us this season

Angel Gomes instructs agent to talk with Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia

According to the Metro, Manchester United youngster, Angel Gomes is close to leaving after his agent held talks with Chelsea chief Marina Granovskaia.

The 19-year-old is out of contract at Old Trafford this June and will be free to leave on a free transfer. United are keen to keep him and have offered him a new deal. The player has, however, rejected an extension that would fetch him around £25,000-a-week.

Gomes is holding out for a more lucrative offer while also seeking assurance on more first-team opportunities.

Angel Gomes is one of the bright talents at Manchester United
Angel Gomes is one of the bright talents at Manchester United (Image Credits: Getty Images)

This has garnered interest from Chelsea, who are ready to give the player the playing time he desires. With the Blues experiencing a youth revolution under Frank Lampard, a number of youngsters have found playing time easier to come by this season. (h/t Metro)

The player has now approached super-agent Pini Zahavi to help secure a move to Stamford Bridge. The Israeli agent is on excellent terms with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

Zahavi has held talks with Chelsea director Granovskaia. The Blues are increasingly confident that they will now land the England Under-20 international. (h/t Metro)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep Gomes at United

All hope is not lost for United as the player can yet be swayed to stay put at Old Trafford. It will, however, need the club to offer him a deal in excess of £30,000-a-week and a promise that he will receive more appearances.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still retains hope that the player will follow fellow youth star Tahith Chong in committing to the club.

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Capable of playing in a variety of positions, Gomes has made 10 appearances for the United senior squad. He has also made a number of appearances for England Youth teams from the Under-16 to the Under-20 levels.