Manchester United are reportedly in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his first team squad.
According to the Daily Star, United are one of two Premier League clubs interested in signing the highly-rated 18-year-old, with fierce rivals Liverpool also credited with an interest.
The report states that Dortmund are expected to demand around £80m for Bellingham’s services and that the Merseysiders are currently in pole position for the youngster.
Bellingham was first linked with a move to Old Trafford last summer, but he eventually decided to snub the advances of the 20-time English champions, instead deciding to join Dortmund in a £25m move.
Despite having no previous top-flight experience, the box-to-box midfielder made 46 appearances for BVB in 2020/21, scoring four goals and providing a further four assists in all competitions and earning a place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for Euro 2020.
Bellingham’s sudden rise to the senior setup was fully justified following his incredible displays at the Signal Iduna Park, and the national team boss was full of praise for the youthful maestro after his selection.
“Jude is phenomenal. Just in training in the last couple of days, to have a 17-year-old, who wants to compete with senior players, not only has the technique but the competitiveness and maturity… he’s a hugely exciting player,” gushed Southgate.
He has also started the current campaign in fabulous fashion, contributing to four goals in just five outings for Dortmund, before running the show against Andorra in England’s World Cup qualifier over the weekend.
Therefore, reports of United’s interest in Bellingham will surely leave many of the club’s supporters buzzing with excitement.
Paul Pogba has entered the final year of his contract with the Red Devils and could depart on a free transfer in 12 months’ time, leaving a sizeable gap in Solskjaer’s engine room.
However, the arrival of Bellingham would significantly soften the blow of the World Cup winner’s potential exit, allowing Solskjaer to continue his progress at the Theatre of Dreams.