According to Alan Nixon, Manchester United has reportedly shown interest in Chris Rigg, a 16-year-old midfielder from Sunderland, but ultimately decided against pursuing a deal due to his £3 million price tag.
Despite this, the club continues to monitor the young talent.
Rigg made waves when he nearly secured an FA Cup win for Sunderland against Craven Cottage earlier this year, although his goal was ultimately disallowed.
Just yesterday, he broke his scoring duck by netting Sunderland’s fifth goal in a match against Southampton, a team that was recently part of the Premier League.
Evidently mature for his age, Rigg has been consistently impressing on the field and appears to be a part of Sunderland’s long-term plans.
The club has been investing in young talents, and while they don’t have a wealth of options in central midfield, this could be Rigg’s chance to shine, at least until the winter transfer window opens in January.
The inability to secure Rigg led United to sign Shay Lacey instead, reportedly on favorable terms.