Manchester United pulled out all the stops in their attempt to sign Jude Bellingham this summer.
As reported by the Sun, United called on Sir Alex Ferguson as they tried to entice one of Europe’s most talented teenagers to Old Trafford. But fast-forward two months and Bellingham is a Borussia Dortmund player.
The 17-year-old’s transfer fee could rise to £30million (BBC) and United will be hoping the don’t regret missing out.
As we have seen with the Jadon Sancho story, Dortmund are often seen as a stepping stone rather than a final destination. So, if United still want Bellingham in a few years, expect the rumours to start up again.
But there is an exciting alternative. One that could save United tens of millions if it comes off.
United have plenty of exciting youngsters of their own and Dylan Levitt is among the cream of the crop.
The 19-year-old may be two years younger than Bellingham and far less experienced in the senior game. But discounting him for those reasons alone would be foolish.
Levitt is a fine young talent with the same skill-set as a certain Paul Scholes. So it is no surprise the treble-winner is his idol (Manchester Evening News).
If Levitt goes out on loan next season and excels, the teenager could well stake a claim at United in 2022.
That would still be a year or two before United could realistically go back in for Bellingham and, by then, there could be no need.
Future stars waiting in the wings
Along with Hannibal Mejbri and James Garner, United have some of the best young midfielders in second-string football.
What the trio need now is time and faith.
Had United signed Bellingham, at least one if not more could well have been shown the door. Given Mejbri’s innate talent, it was unlikely to be him. But Levitt is another star in the making.
He scores and creates regularly for United’s U23s and he is ready to taste senior football next season.
With the right loan move, we could begin to see what the fuss is about.
There is no doubt Bellingham is a star in the making. But some stars remain in the shadows a little longer than others.
That is certainly true of Levitt. And he, for one, may be happy United did not bring in another teenage midfielder to compete for a spot that could, in time, be his.
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