Jude Bellingham is Manchester United's dream target - so Ten Hag has to earn chance to sign him next summer

Manchester United infamously missed out on Jude Bellingham in 2020 when the midfielder decided to move to Borussia Dortmund.

Despite visiting Carrington, [via The Mail] Bellingham chose to make the switch to the Bundesliga, convinced he would play more regularly. He was probably right.

Dortmund are just a staging post for young talents, with Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland leaving the club in consecutive summers, with Jude Bellingham tipped to be next in 2023.

A report via The Athletic claims Jude Bellingham is Erik ten Hag’s dream target, with a view to a possible move next summer when the midfielder could hit the market.

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Jude Bellingham is Manchester United’s dream target

Jude Bellingham is Manchester United’s dream target, and the club’s job is to get into contention to bring him on board next summer.

As it stands, Manchester United won’t even get a seat at the negotiating table. We have seen this with elite targets this summer.

Erling Haaland did not even consider United, moving unopposed to rivals City. United had previously tracked the Norwegian before falling off the map in 2022.

Aurelien Tchouameni was reportedly recommended to United, reports Andy Mitten, and claimed in April by ESPN to be high on Ten Hag’s wishlist.

But United’s chase was over before it had even begun, with the Frenchman sealing a big money move for Real Madrid.

United were also keen on Darwin Nunez before backing off when Liverpool stepped in. United cannot compete right now, with a lack of Champions League football, and uncertain direction.

United must earn the right to get in the Bellingham mix

It is actually a blessing for United that Bellingham is not on the market in 2022. The Red Devils would not have a chance to land him.

By 2023, United might just have a chance. Erik ten Hag has 12 months to earn the right to get to the negotiating table.

Finishing in the top four would secure a Champions League place for 2023/24 and show Jude Bellingham that Erik ten Hag’s revolution is moving the club in the right direction.

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A potential starting place alongside Frenkie de Jong in midfield could also appeal, if the Dutchman is signed this summer and helps turn United around.

United shouldn’t give up on Bellingham, he has a chance to be one of the best midfielders of his generation, an investment for the next 10 years.

Rival Premier League clubs will be interested, and if United can beat Liverpool, City, and Chelsea to his signature next summer then it could pay off for years to come.

But first, United have to earn the right to enter the Bellingham mix. A season of hard work in 2022/23 lies ahead

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