Manchester United’s interest in Jude Bellingham ahead of the summer is reported to be ‘genuine’.

The Telegraph report United are firmly in the running, with competitors Liverpool at risk of missing out on a Champions League spot.

A report last December from The Telegraph had claimed Bellingham would be United’s top target for summer 2023.

The club’s focus has since been directed more towards signing a striker, but Bellingham remains of interest.

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Bellingham price set

Borussia Dortmund are looking for £110 million for Jude Bellingham this summer, The Telegraph report.

It also claims: “Ten Hag is a huge admirer of Bellingham and regards him as a generational talent who can also become a future captain of the club.”

The report adds Jude Bellingham is undecided on his future, with the race wide open.

Real Madrid are the biggest threat for Bellingham, with The Sun reporting earlier this year that the Spanish side are confident of winning the race for the midfielder.

Bellingham, 19, starred at the World Cup for England and has scored 10 goals for Dortmund this season.

Manchester United came close to signing Bellingham in 2020 when he was at Birmingham City, only for the midfielder to opt for a switch to the Bundesliga instead.

Former Birmingham CEO Dong Ren told Mundo Deportivo earlier this year that United’s approach was led by Ed Woodward, focused on how much money Bellingham could earn.

Erik ten Hag’s progress at United should appeal more to the midfielder, especially if United can clinch a Champions League place.

Just to be in the mix for the midfielder’s signature this summer is a sign of progress. Last summer had Bellingham been on the market, United would not really have been in contention.

The opportunity to play alongside Casemiro could also be tempting for Bellingham. United’s summer is shaping to be focused on three positions, a striker, a goalkeeper and a midfielder.

A planned takeover will help United’s funding for potential moves, with the club aiming to get it over the line before the transfer window.

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