Manchester United’s acquisition of Jadon Sancho this summer could have a positive knock on effect for the future signing of Jude Bellingham.
The Independent reports Bellingham has been speaking to Sancho about life at United.
The paper reports: “Bellingham, ever increasing his knowledge, has had regular conversations with Sancho about the set-up and vibe at United.”
It is also claimed: “There is cautious optimism at Old Trafford that the teenager will follow his good friend in lining up under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
United are not the only club interested of course. The Star reports Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all keen on his signature.
Encouraging, but be patient
Bellingham is under contract at Borussia Dortmund until 2025. And with Erling Haaland primed for a sale next summer, Bellingham’s departure from the Bundesliga will likely come in 2023.
So United fans will have to wait, and hope that in the meantime, Haaland is added to Sancho at Old Trafford, and the temptation to join both becomes even more appealing.
United tried to sign Bellingham in 2020 before he chose instead to sign for Borussia Dortmund. The move is working out well for him as he is a regular in their midfield, scoring and providing an assist in a Champions League win in midweek.
We described the missed opportunity this week as a ‘What If..?’ moment, as Bellingham would have completed United’s squad, with the club crying out for a new midfield addition.
In two years time Bellingham will be even better, and a lot more expensive. But United may end up looking elsewhere in the meantime.
Bellingham fits Solskjaer’s plan
Solskjaer spoke about the type of midfielders he wants at the club during his press conference this week.
He told the club website: ” We want centre midfielders who can play. Today’s football is about ‘he’s a good six, he’s an eight, he’s a ten’.
“Back in the day you had midfielders, proper midfielders, [like] Roy Keane, Paul Scholes, Bryan Robson, you see players out there who can do attacking and defending. We look for midfielders who are complete and we try to develop that in our midfield.”
Bellingham is a box to box player who can do everything already and he would fit the bill perfectly.
While he turned United down before, that was down to the stage of the career he was at, at that particular moment.
In two years time he will be more self-confident, and ready to handle the challenge with the experience he has gained in Germany.
The reports he has been asking Sancho about United is an encouraging sign, and with the buzz generated from Ronaldo’s arrival, the winger is only likely to be telling Bellingham good feedback.
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