Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has backed a potential deal for Birmingam’s Jude Bellingham.

The 2008 Champions League winner admits a move would be a gamble considering Bellingham is just 16.

Despite this, he believes Bellingham is worth taking a risk on and urged the club to conclude a transfer.

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Speaking on Instagram Live reported by The Mail, Ferdinand said: “Jude Bellingham, huge talent, huge talent, really good-looking footballer in the way he plays, the balance he’s got, the maturity at such a young age.

“I want to see more but the price tag is phenomenal. £30million odd for a kid, for a 16-year-old boy, it’s unbelievable. But it’s the way of the world now and the way you’ve got to think about it, if you’re paying £30m, if we keep him for 10 years it’s money well spent.

“It’s a gamble, it’s an expensive gamble, but the kid to be playing in the Championship and doing what he’s doing and looking the player he is, it’s a gamble but a calculated one.

“I think he’s someone I would 100 per cent take. If I’m Man United now, go in and get him.”

 

Waiting for a decision

The Mail last week reported Bellingham is a ‘priority’ for chief executive Ed Woodward.

The young midfielder has made 35 appearances for Birmingham this season, with 28 of them starts.

United are ready to pay £30 million for the youngster, who had a tour of Carrington last month and met legendary former boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Borussia Dortmund are also trying to sign Bellingham and may be able to offer the youngster a quicker path to first team football.

This is the key decision Bellingham has to weigh up, in addition to whether he is ready to move abroad at such an early age, and at an uncertain time.

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