Deadline days are usually dull affairs at Manchester United.
Typically Sky Sports will send a reporter to Old Trafford who will confirm at 10am that no business is expected all day, and that is that.
This time could be a little different, with United scrambling to get deals done after a very poorly planned window.
Bruno Fernandes is done, and a striker is needed. But there could be one more bit of late business with Jude Bellingham.
What’s the situation?
Bellingham is Birmingham City’s boy wonder who is a regular in the first team at just 16.
The Sun have described the midfielder as England’s most talented teenager since Wayne Rooney.
The report claimed United were set to bid £30 million, but that was nine days ago and there has been no progress. Time is running out for United to get a deal done before deadline.
Earlier this week Blues boss Pep Clotet told the Birmingham Mail: “I have no updates. He’s our player and he’s only focused on doing his best for Birmingham.”
It is understandable why Birmingham would be reluctant to part from Bellingham, and also why the player would be concerned at moving too soon.
He is playing regular first team football right now and at United he would probably just go into the under-23s.
Let’s get it done
United are not the only club interested in Bellingham, but do appear to be showing the strongest interest. Assistant boss Mike Phelan is said to have scouted him personally.
The Express reported that United could look to sign Bellingham and then loan him back for 18 months.
This would be a long time, but if Bellingham is truly really special, it would be a compromise worth making, and United will get a better player when he eventually arrives in 2021.
In Bruno Fernandes, United have signed a top asset to improve the team right now.
We still hope a deal for a striker, even on loan, can be done before the deadline. That would really turn this window into a successful one after it threatened to veer to disaster just days ago.
A deal for Bellingham, even with a six or 18 month loan back, would be the icing on the cake.
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