Manchester United have made it very clear Jude Bellingham is a key transfer target this summer. He was seen at Carrington a fortnight ago on a tour, BBC Sport reported.
United face a very serious threat for his signature from Borussia Dortmund. The German side have worked wonders for the development of Jadon Sancho and most recently Erling Haaland. It would be understandable if he went there.
BILD reported again this week that Dortmund are confident of a deal.
Birmingham want £30 million for the midfielder, The Evening Standard report. Clubs are willing to pay this, and the decision rests with Bellingham.
Reaction to missing out would be worse than reality
United have not missed out yet. If we do, expect a ridiculous overreaction from all parties. Count us out.
Some supporters will lament a club unable to attract a 16-year-old player as the sign of a club lacking pulling power.
Media outlets will capitalise on this, and Bellingham’s every move and every touch as he progresses will be reported on and United’s ‘error’ rammed home.
But the truth is United have done everything they can to get the player, and he would be choosing Dortmund because they will offer a better chance for first team football, with less media scrutiny.
United’s midfield is currently stacked, especially if Paul Pogba stays. A move to Old Trafford may simply be too much too soon for him anyway.
There would always be a second chance
If United do miss out, there will always be another chance. The efforts the club have taken on this occasion will reflect well, and put them at the front of the queue when he eventually moves back to England.
It will certainly cost a lot, but United are a team who could pay a £100 million fee in a few years, if Bellingham is as good as he is being cracked up to be.
In the mean time, United’s own prospects can flourish. James Garner, Dylan Levitt and Hannibal Mejbri will all get extra breathing room to succeed and not have Bellingham jump the queue and make their own progression more difficult.
The reality of missing out on Bellingham would be far worse than the reaction. United will have a really strong midfield without him.
If we get him, great. And if we miss out, ignore the noise. United will carry on and invest the money elsewhere. Perhaps even in a player more ready to contribute right away.
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