Jude Bellingham move could tip power balance back in Manchester United's favour

Manchester United are continuing to monitor England prodigy Jude Bellingham, The Athletic report.

The problem facing the club is two-fold. High competition from other top Premier League sides, and Borussia Dortmund’s high asking price.

Dortmund are said to be demanding more than £130 million, a fee many would consider excessive.

If any player is worth this kind of money, then it could be Jude Bellingham.

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Investment in Bellingham for the next decade

A fee of £130 million would be a club record transfer for Manchester United, eclipsing the team’s most expensive ever deals.

Bellingham can succeed where others have failed. Once signed, he would agree a six year contract which would likely be extended further.

Bellingham will be 20 next summer and the club who signs him will likely be tying him down for the next 10 years, perhaps even more.

This is a deal replicable to the Wayne Rooney transfer in 2004, buying a superstar who will become a club icon for the next decade plus.

Split his £130 million fee down per-season, and suddenly £13 million for Bellingham over 10 years does not look so bad at all. That’s one way to look at it.

Power balance back to Manchester United’s favour

The other key aspect to moving to sign Jude Bellingham is that his signing would help tip the balance of power in English football back in Manchester United’s favour.

Liverpool are reportedly desperate to sign Bellingham, so much so that they decided against signing a midfielder this past summer, in an attempt to save funds for a bid in 2023, Goal report.

This risky strategy could backfire if Manchester United finish above Liverpool to secure a top four spot this season, which seems like a viable possibility on how the two teams have started the campaign.

City are at present the one top team who look unassailable. If Liverpool add Bellingham to their squad, then they are back in the conversation.

Likewise if Manchester United win the race to sign Bellingham, then Erik ten Hag’s side will start being talked up as genuine challengers to fight City in future seasons.

There are different routes to still do this, without Bellingham, but it becomes a lot easier if the midfielder is not lining up for Liverpool or Chelsea, and is in Manchester United’s midfield instead.

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