'What a player': Jadon Sancho raves about Jude Bellingham's performance
Among all the missed transfer opportunities in recent years, losing out on Jude Bellingham looks like being Manchester United’s most costliest.
Bellingham is a top level starter already for Dortmund at just 18 and was recently named by FourFourTwo magazine as the number one teenager in world football.
United had him at Carrington for a tour in 2020, BBC Sport reported, but were unable to close a deal. He signed for Dortmund and would now cost United a huge fee, possibly towards £100 million.
Even for that fee, United would be investing it wisely. Bellingham is as close to a ‘sure bet’ as you can get, and the Red Devils midfield is in major need of a makeover.
Sancho’s mutual admiration
At the weekend, Bellingham left a message on Jadon Sancho’s Instagram page after the United winger’s performance against Leeds, which simply read ‘on fire’.
The pair are pals after playing at Dortmund together last season, and clearly have a mutual admiration. Sancho sent this message after watching Bellingham impress against Rangers at Ibrox last night in the Europa League.
Dortmund drew the game 2-2 and went out 6-4 on aggregate, with the damage done in the first leg. Manchester United loanee Amad was an unused substitute for Rangers.
Bellingham scored one of Rangers’ goals and hit the bar with another effort. He was outstanding and once again showcased himself as a big player at just 18.
He created three chances, won three aerial duels, and with 94 touches, he saw possession more than any midfieler on the pitch, while winning five tackles.
His potential is scary and it is easy to see why he is still considered a dream signing, but United may have to wait to splash the cash.
Dortmund are expected to lose Erling Haaland this summer, that looks like a foregone conclusion, and they do not wish to lose two top stars in one off-season.
Bellingham’s Dortmund exit date looks most likely to be 2023, by which time United should have a clearer direction under a new manager, with Ralf Rangnick still working behind the scenes.
If United had succeeded in signing Bellingham in the first place, the team would be in a lot better state right now.