According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United are in talks with Nottingham Forest defender Matthew Bondswell. The highly-rated left-back has failed to agree terms over a professional contract and could be on his way out of the City Ground as a result. Ashley Young and Luke Shaw are out of contract next year, but Bondswell’s impact won’t become apparent for many more years.
He’s reportedly attracting interest from Southampton and Liverpool, although United are hoping he will opt for Old Trafford rather than St Mary’s or Anfield. The Red Devils have been very active tying down their young talent to long-term deals this summer and it appears they are eyeing up English prospects to add to their academy.
Manager Jose Mourinho has given 630 minutes of Premier League football to 21-year-old Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay, 1810 minutes to English striker Marcus Rashford and 1823 to English forward Jesse Lingard. The trio have risen through the youth ranks to the first-team successfully and Bondswell could follow in the future.
The 16-year-old is said to be a boyhood Liverpool fan, however, which could prove a stumbling block in negotiations. Forest are desperate to keep Bondswell at the club too, so they aren’t going to give up easy, even if they will be compensated well for his potential exit.