Manchester United are close to completing their first signing of the summer transfer window as they are set to secure the services of Dutch young talent Tahith Chong from Feyenoord. The 16-year-old has been with the Eredivisie since he was 10, and is climbing up through the ranks at the club.
According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils' league rivals Arsenal and Chelsea are also interested in landing the teenager. However, United have managed to beat both the London clubs for the signature of the Dutch wonderkid and will complete the deal in the "coming days".
Earlier, Chong confirmed interest from the 20-time English champions for his services. However, he expressed his desire to continue with his current employers after confirming negotiations were ongoing over a contract.
"Feyenoord are and remain my first choice and we are still negotiating. It's true that Manchester United are interested in me, but I want to stay at Feyenoord," Fr12.nl quoted Chong as saying in January.
"There is absolutely no question that I'm leaving the club. Feyenoord have come up with a plan of how they see me in the coming years. I am hopeful that it will be all right and that I'm going to sign a contract with Feyenoord."
Louis van Gaal has provided youngsters Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah a shot in the Old Trafford club's first team this season. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager's decision to promote young players to the first team has come as an encouragement for Chong to make a switch to United.
The 16-year-old is a versatile player, who can play as a striker or anywhere is the three attacking positions. United's head of academy Nicky Butt has already admitted the club will be in the market to sign top quality youngsters for the academy.
The former Red Devils midfielder also suggested that United will be looking to complete their first signing in "few weeks" later in March. Chong could be the new arrival at Old Trafford as the English giants look to add best young players in Europe to their ranks.