Jude Bellingham should make a move to Manchester United his No 1 priority when it comes to leaving Borussia Dortmund, one observer has advised him.
The teenage midfielder finds himself one of the most sought-after players in world football. Since leaving Birmingham for Dortmund, he has clocked up well over 100 appearances – and also has 13 goals to his name, including six in just 20 Champions League games. And after establishing himself in the England set-up too, it’s incredible to think he is still only 19 years of age.
As such, interest in Bellingham appears to be growing by the day. That chase is seemingly being led by Liverpool, whom are reportedly already in talks over a potential 2023 swoop. And those hopes are seemingly boosted amid claims Dortmund are tracking a Reds star as his replacement.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, however, are far from alone in pursuing the teenager. Pep Guardiola seemingly threw his hat into the ring earlier this month after some extremely flattering comments about the star.
Meanwhile, Monday’s Euro Paper Talk suggested Bellingham was keen on a move to Real Madrid next summer.
Wherever he ends up, it is likely the player will set a new record fee for a British player. And were he to move before June 29, he will also be second only to Kylian Mbappe as the most costly teenage footballer in the history of the game.
To that end, it’s been claimed his fee could hit as much as £134m (€150m) – an eye-watering sum of money.
That sort of fee may well rule Liverpool out of the equation.
And despite the links to the Merseysiders and Manchester City, former England goalkeeper Ben Foster reckons it is a move to Manchester United that would suit Bellingham best.
Jude Bellingham advised to sign for Manchester United
“For me personally, I would love to see him go to Manchester United,” Foster told his YouTube channel.
“I think he would thrive more at Manchester United, he’d have more responsibility and I think he would enjoy it there more.”
Assessing a possible move across Manchester to the Etihad, Foster has issued Bellingham a ‘Jack Grealish-style warning’.
“I think he would know he’s the main man. I worry that if he went to a club like Man City he might just sort of [end up] a little like Jack Grealish.
“He would just fade a little bit at Manchester City. So I would love him at Manchester United, I think he would smash it.”
One man who disagrees with such theories is David James. The former Liverpool keeper reckons Bellingham has the confidence and personality to deal with any big move, wherever he ends up.
“Yes, well I say all out for, Jude Bellingham as a player is exceptional, given his age and everything,” James said. “He’s an exceptional talent.
“But more importantly, having done an interview with him once, as a character he is fantastic.
“I think again, the idea of just seeing someone’s player status and performances on a football pitch, via video or whatever, you want to know what the person is like.
“From my experience with Jude Bellingham, he is the type of character that you want to bring into the Liverpool squad. Then you add his ability and you have got in a way a double power.”
Dortmund destined to make massive profit
The biggest winners from any move for Bellingham are certainly going to be Dortmund. Having signed the player for an initial £25m from Birmingham, they are set to see their investment climb four-fold.
But the teenager will leave the Westfalenstadion with nothing to prove. He was named VDV Bundesliga Newcomer of the Season in the 2020/21 season, before ‘graduating’ to the Bundesliga Team of the Season in 2021/22.
A mature midfielder beyond his years, it’s easy to see why he’s such a man in demand.
It all serves to reinforce the excellent business model Dortmund deploy. The likes of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho, Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have all moved on for vastly-inflated profits in recent seasons.
However, sporting director Sebastian Kehl insists BVB are looking to break that chain with the England star.
“Jude is very happy at the club, he is very committed to us,” Kehl told BT Sport. “Hopefully he can stay over next season and for a long time. Then we come back to the beginning of the interview, we try to keep our best players.
“Jude is one of those and we try to keep them for as long as possible. But we will see what will happen but not at the moment. We would like to change the policy but we are in the market. And we would like to keep our best players longer than the last few years – it’s impossible [to keep them sometimes].
“We want to play for titles and that’s the most important thing for players. They want to be at a club who can improve. But in the end, money is another aspect and England pays a lot more than Germany. We have to renew our philosophy every year.”