Local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City are ready to battle it out to land Chelsea wonder-kid Charly Musonda Jr.
Reportedly, the Belgian youngster is feeling unsettled at Stamford Bridge. Last summer, he signed a contract extension to pledge his future to the club until 2019. But, the attacking midfielder feels that the club have not kept their promises. He has not made his senior debut yet and also doesn’t train with the senior squad.
The Manchester rivals have kept a close eye on this situation. Both Van Gaal and Pellegini are fond of this 19 year old wonder-kid who is tipped to be the next Eden Hazard or Kevin De Bruyne. Chelsea have declared a £10m price-tag on their attacker.
As things stand now, the Reds from the Manchester are more likely to pull off the signing of this under-21 Chelsea star. The Citizens have plenty of options in this position. So, they could not offer a first-team place which the Belgian International wants. On the other hand, Van Gaal’s attacking options did not click very well this season as his side was often criticized for not creating enough chances.
The Dutch manager is also very positive minded about bringing budding talents to the squad. If this deal happens, Musonda can easily make into the Red Devils’ lineup in place of Lingard. After Martial’s transfer, we will have to wait to see if Van Gaal takes this gamble or not.
Charly Musonda Jr. came through the ranks of Anderlecht and he is one of the four sons of former Zambian professional footballer Charly Musonda Sr.
Musonda Sr., in his peak, played as a midfielder for Anderlecht. He is considered as one of the luckiest footballers in Zambian history. Once, due to a knee injury, Musonda decided to stay at Anderlecht and refused to play for a 1994 World Cup Qualification match for his country. Afterwards, the plane carrying Zambian national team crashed with no survivors left. This incident brought a moment of grief over the whole football community and Musonda got traumatized after he learnt how he escaped the plane crash.
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