- May 7, 2022
Lots of reports have said he'll very likely sign a pre-contract (like Vinicius and Rodrygo did for RM) much earlier than the end of next season, maybe even before the end of the current season.I think he will make the decision at the end of next season. He will look for an undisputed starting position and a lot of money.
Wherever he goes, from the player's point of view it definitely makes the most sense to try and lock down a big contract ASAP. For starters him and his family probably get a multi-million signing bonus immediately and leaving the decision and the contract signing till summer 2024 comes with it's own risks too. What if he has a horror injury that causes the interest to die down a little, or what if he just doesn't kick on his development as well as currently expected? If either of those happen he won't get anywhere near the same kind of contract as he currently can with many top clubs competing for his signature.
Of course waiting around a bit longer can have its upsides too if the player is very confident in his own ability and his luck of staying injury free.