Tahith Chong’s return to the Premier League will benefit Manchester United, who parted ways with their academy product permanently last summer.
Chong made 16 senior appearances for the Red Devils before securing a permanent transfer to Birmingham City in a deal understood to be in the region of £1.5m, with United also reaching an agreement with the Championship side for a 25 percent sell-on clause for any future sale.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder enjoyed a brilliant season in Birmingham, scoring four goals and assisting five times in 38 league appearances under John Eustace. On the back of the prolific 2022/23 campaign, the Dutchman is set to earn another chance at showing his talents in England’s top-flight.
Former Manchester United youngster close to joining Luton Town
On Wednesday, Sky Sports reported that Chong is undergoing a medical at newly-promoted Luton Town ahead of a £4m move from City. Accordingly, United are in line to pocket 25 percent of the deal – £1m.
Having included a 30 percent sell-on clause in Ethan Laird’s move to Birmingham and a 40 percent sell-on clause in Zidane Iqbal’s switch to FC Utrecht this summer, the club’s hierarchy would certainly hope to receive significant sums from their future transfers as well.
But United’s priority remains seeing their academy talents establish themselves in the first-team. And in their first pre-season game of the summer against Leeds United on Wednesday, plenty of youngsters showed promising signs.
Kobbie Mainoo and Matej Kovar were stand-out performers and if they can produce similar performances throughout this pre-season, they might carve out a place in the senior squad for the upcoming campaign. With United lacking a press-resistant midfielder and a solid backup goalkeeper, Mainoo and Kovar have brilliant opportunities to stay at Carrington instead of moving elsewhere on loan deals.