Manchester United are confident of securing a deal for Jude Bellingham this summer, according to various reports.
The 16-year-old is regarded as one of England’s most promising talents, showcasing his ability on the senior stage with Birmingham City this season, featuring in thirty-two Championship games.
His composure and presence on the field have caught the eye of many, with Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and United all being cited in having an interest.
As per the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils identify Bellingham as an ‘attainable’ target this summer, with the club prepared to press on and invest during these economically challenging times. The outlet reports that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is after three signings, with Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho also being on his list.
Bellingham has been longingly admired figure at Old Trafford, with the player and his family being granted a tour around Carrington earlier in the year, having a face to face meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson. Whilst there were slight hopes of concluding an early deal in January, no deal materialised.
There can be no denying United’s intent on signing the youngster, but the midfielder will want first-team assurances. As per the Metro, this is something being promised by the club. Despite his inexperience in the Premier League, they report that Bellingham would be competing for a starting position straight away.
Such promises seem appropriate, particularly given Dortmund’s interest. The Evening Standard cite that the potential deal would cost around £30m, a fee Solskjaer is prepared to pay for a player he identifies as a ‘generational talent’.
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There may be no action taking place on the field, but the increasing number of transfer stories and rumours surrounding Manchster United have filled a small selection of this void.
One name that has been continuously linked to the club is Jude Bellingham, with the Birmingham midfielder being in hot-demand this summer. The 16-year-old has impressed during his debut campaign at senior level, featuring in thirty-five games this season.
It had at one point seemed that the Englishman was destined for Borussia Dortmund, with Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol stating on the Transfer Talk Podcast that sources in Germany were ‘convinced’ he was coming.
However, B/R Football have recently reported that no decision has been made on the teenager’s future. If anything, Untied have received a small boost in their pursuit of the midfielder.
Back in January, the club gave Bellingham and his family a tour of their training complex at Carrington, with Sir Alex Ferguson even having a meeting with the player (via MEN).
B/R Football claim that this has helped the Red Devil’s cause, despite Dortmund being confident before the coronavirus outbreak. The pandemic has stalled talks altogether, meaning all hope is far from being lost from a United perspective.
Manchester United have identified the potential signing of Jude Bellingham as a ‘bonus’, according to Sky Sport’s James Cooper.
The 16-year-old looks to be one of the most in-demand players as we slowly approach the summer window, with Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund also being reportedly interested. The latter appears to be the favourites for his signature though, with the player favouring a move to Germany (via The Athletic).
Having featured thirty-two times in the Championship this season, the teenager has impressed with his maturity and ability to adapt to the senior level so quickly.
Back in January, United even opted to bring Bellingham to Carrington to give the midfielder and his parents a tour of their training ground. Despite being big admirers of the player though, Cooper has revealed that the Birmingham City player is only being seen as a ‘bonus’.
It’s a story we’ll continue to follow, as interest in the player is still very apparent. Although the 16-year-old would be involved with United’s first team squad, it’s clear that they are prioritising their primary targets for the foreseeable.