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Tahith Chong’s loan spell with Werder Bremen on the rocks – reports

Manchester United forward Tahith Chong’s loan move to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen could well be on the rocks with the club unwilling to meet the £50,000 week wage and the loan feel to sign the player. United have shown a willingness to let the player leave the club on loan as if they end up signing Jadon Sancho, or an alternative, it will mean that Chong would not be guarantee much first team action next season in which United will be seeking to get themselves amongst the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City to win the Premier League title.

It was suggested that Werder Bremen would like to sign the player on a two-year loan spell with Chong’s current contract ending in the summer of 2022 although United have the option of adding a third year to his contract that was signed earlier this year. The 20-year-old has not played much first team football for United this season, making a total of 12 first team appearances, with no goals scored but getting two assists in the UEFA Europa League. Chong also made 10 appearances at U23 level, scoring seven goals six assists.

Germany news outlet Bild has reported that both Werder Bremen and United differ greatly in the financials for the deal with a £50,000 per week wage and a loan fee to be paid, which is something that the Bundesliga club would find difficult to match. This could see the prospective deal fall through. This could benefit United as if Chong does well in Germany, he might be able to find his feet in United’s first team when he returns to the club, or if United want to sell him, they might be able to get a much better fee than they would not utilising him.

Last week, the German clubs sporting director Frank Baumann spoke to the media giving the suggestion that the club was speaking to United regarding Chong and that several parties were involved in discussions with a lot to be clarified ahead of any agreement which was to be reached. This gave nothing away. Perhaps United will need to think about what it going to happen here and if the German club walked away, perhaps Chong could vie for a move away from the club, possible permanently. Baumann was reported by The Sun as saying:

“That we are in exchange is the case. We are in good talks. Several parties are involved. Some things still have to be clarified and we have to agree. As of now, this is not the case.”

During his time at United, Chong has risen to the challenge at academy level, performing well at U18 level and rising to the U23s, performing well there too. It is the level between U23 football and first team football that the player is not getting the upper hand and therefore a loan spell away from the pressures at United could do the player a lot of good. If a possible deal with Werder Bremen ends up not happening, United would then need to find another club interested in the player. Chong will need to be loaned to a club where he will play regular football, otherwise there would not be a point in loaning him out this summer.

Written by John Walker

Manchester United to let Tahith Chong join Werder Bremen on loan this summer

Manchester United winger Tahith Chong could be set to complete a loan transfer to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen this summer with the player seeking to develop his career. Since signing his new contract at the Theatre of Dreams, he has been used twice, both times against Linzer ASK in the UEFA Europa League. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer chose not to use the player for the Premier League run in despite his team being full of fatigue at the time.

The Daily Mail has reported that the German club seems to be his destination citing quotes from the clubs sports director Frank Baumann. It would seem that Werder Bremen want to sign the player on a two-year loan spell, which would be good for him as long as he is given first team appearances and continues to show his ability at the club. It might be a long spell for the player, who recently signed two-year contract at United, with a third year which could be added.

It might mean that United have to activate that to keep the player, if they allow a two-year loan spell. It could be that they allow the player to head out on loan this coming season, looking into it again next summer to see if he could be loaned out again, rather than overcommitting themselves on letting a player leave the club for what could be the remainder of his contract at United. They could allow the two-year spell, signing him on a new contract next summer, if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep him.

This season, Chong played a total of 12 times for United this season, at first team level, not scoring any goals but making two assists in the Europa League. At U23 level, he made a further 10 appearances, scoring seven goals and six assists. The player clearly needs a challenge to find his feet showing his ability at U23 level but not being able to step up to the kind of ability that would be needed at first team level. This could happen in Germany, giving the player confidence and experience. Bremen sports director Baumann said:

“That we are in exchange is the case. We are in good talks. Several parties are involved. Some things still have to be clarified and we have to agree. As of now, this is not the case.”

Whilst the Bundesliga club would like to sign Chong on a two-year loan spell, the loan fee and the wage for the player are yet to be finalised. It would seem that there is probably a lot of work to do on the deal but this was a rumour last week in the media and seems to be confirmed with Werder Bremen coming out and confirming that they want to sign the player, albeit on a temporary basis. It could well be that Chong does not make it at United and the German club end up signing him.

What United will be hoping though is that the player gains experience and confidence to return to United and show his ability, therefore breaking into the first team. There is some talent within him and it would be harsh to write him off just yet. Granted, he has not grown into the game like Jadon Sancho, who is of the same age but you cannot use two players of the same age as a barometer of success. Chong has the talent within and could demonstrate his ability on a game by game basis in Germany, should his transfer be approved.

Written by John Walker

Tahith Chong linked with Werder Bremen loan with agent in Germany

In March 2020, Tahith Chong ended weeks of speculation by signing a new contract at Manchester United which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2022, although there is the option for a third year to be added. However, since signing that contract, the Dutch winger made one appearance, playing 19 minutes in the 5-0 demolition of Linzer ASK in the UEFA Europa League round of 16 first leg, also getting an assist in that match. At the time he signed his new contract, Chong, speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:

“When I joined Manchester United as a youngster, it was a dream come true. It is an honour every time I pull on the shirt and represent this club. I am working hard every day to improve and I know this is the perfect environment to develop my game.

“The opportunity to learn from the manager, his coaching staff and the world-class players here is fantastic. I am delighted to sign this new contract and really grateful for the chance to prove myself here for many years to come.”

It might not be seen as great for him to only feature once since signing his new contract but in that respect, the coronavirus pandemic stepped in after that LASK match with football suspended for at least three months and in that time, the Premier League 2 and all youth football was subsequently cancelled with players no longer training. Chong did train with United’s first team and was pictured on occasion after it was safe to return to training ahead of the Premier League restart.

However, the player was never picked for the squad of the matches United needed to play to end the domestic season. United did finish third in the Premier League, therefore playing UEFA Champions League football next season. Chong could well feature in the Europa League, especially against LASK, after being named in the squad but with United looking to win the competition, he might not be a starter if United go all the way. It would seem that a loan spell is on the table.

Chong’s agent has been in Germany, as reported by SportWitness who cite WESER-KURIER as the source which claims Bundesliga side Werder Bremen are interested in signing the player for the 2020/21 season, which would be good for the player. If United do end up signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, it would push the player further down the pecking order at the club, meaning he would probably not feature much or at all. Werder Bremen chief Frank Baumann is reported to have said”

“He is very fast, a real flank player and his profile fits [our requirement]. We can add two or three more players [who fit the profile].

“Borrowing players from top clubs like this can make sense to us. Because of our situation, he’s a player who could be interesting.”

However, it has been stated that the German club are not the only club interested in signing Chong but no other club is identified. It is just stated as a problem for the Bremen club, which may or may not be the case. During the 2019/20 season, Chong made a total of 11 appearances at first team level for United, scoring no goals but assisting twice – both in the Europa League. At youth level, he featured 10 more times, scoring seven goals and six assists.

Written by John Walker

Max Kruse added to Manchester United’s wish list, according to some joker!

Maximillian Kruse, the main striker for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen seems to have got himself noticed during the past season. Kruse is not a player many would expect to see linked to Manchester United, but that seems to have happened amongst the more unreliable websites out there. If Jose Mourinho was interested in the player, I am sure we would have heard about it before now, not just a day or so after United suggested they were not going after Antoine Griezmann. I mean that is like wanting to shop in Prada and ending up in Primark. No offence to the player intended. The 29-year-old started his career at Werder Bremen, leaving for St Pauli in 2009, then signing for Freiburg in 2012, Borussia Mönchelgladbach in 2013, VfL Wolfsburg in 2015, back to Bremen last summer. Last season, Kruse made 24 appearances for his club, scoring 15 goals.

What is being reported and by who?

Kruse was linked to Everton by talkSPORT, possibly as a replacement to Romelu Lukaku who has been told he can leave the Goodison Park club this summer if bids come from ‘certain clubs’. Kruse seems to be on the level of Everton and it would be a massive surprise if he were to end up at Old Trafford. The report suggests that £10.5 million would be key to luring the German striker. The Sun linked Manchester United with a move for Kruse just a day later, which is typical poor journalism from the newspaper with reported later followed by Goal, The Daily Star, and The Metro. Kruse is a talented player, but leading the line at Manchester United as the first choice striker would be a big move to make. Personally, I would rather see what Marcus Rashford could do for a complete season with him not being in the shadow of any other player, but United would need a player to fill the void during periods where rotation needs to happen and if the player suffered an injury.

What type of player is Max Kruse?

Kruse is a striker, one capable of scoring 15 goals, as he did during the past season, getting close to that number of goals at each club he has played for during his professional career. I don’t think he’s a top player, at least one who will show the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Romelu Lukaku, and Luiz Suarez up, but one who serves a purpose to his club. Kruse is ready to leave Bremen once again after finishing eighth in the Bundesliga, missing out on European football, which Everton have next season, albeit from the qualification round of the UEFA Europa League. Everton, if he signs for them, may get themselves a decent player in Kruse, but in terms of linking him to Manchester United, someone must be having a joke somewhere.

Likelihood of the transfer?

I do not think there is anything in this transfer. Kruse seems to be able to score goals in the Bundesliga, but Germany is the only country he has ever played football in and at 29, a change to a league as competitive as the Premier League, let alone to one of the big clubs such as United, could cause him to fail dismally. Everton though, a club with much lower prospects may work for him, which is the club Kruse was originally linked to before the ‘unreliable media’ linked him to United, presumably to come out with another report for when the player signed for Everton or elsewhere, suggesting that the player turned down United for a move to a much better club. Come on, we have been there before, many times, and will again. The media hate United, which is why there are endless rumours and reports about the club. The club that gives them all a meal ticket.

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