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Pundit tells Man Utd, Liverpool they must sign ‘special’ star ‘whatever the cost

Jude Bellingham and Amadou Haidara contest posession, RB Leipzig vs Borussia Dortmund November 2021

Owen Hargreaves has urged Premier League rivals Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City to try and sign ‘special’ Jude Bellingham ‘whatever the cost’.

The 18-year-old has developed into one of European football’s top young talents since swapping Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020. Indeed, Bellingham is now a regular for his club and country after shining on England duty too.

The teenager was linked with all four Premier League giants before opting to head to Germany. Indeed, Bellingham was actually shown around Old Trafford, only to snub the Red Devils.

Dortmund paid what now appears to be a bargain £25million for the midfielder. That figure has now quadrupled, but Hargreaves says money should not matter for a player that good.

“First of all, against Man City [in the Champions League last season] he was the best midfielder on the pitch, with Kevin de Bruyne out there, which is crazy,’ Hargreaves told BT Sport.

Jurgen Klopp's Jude Bellingham plan

Jurgen Klopp's Jude Bellingham plan

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reported hopes that rival clubs will be distracted by Erling Haaland’s summer availability, leaving the reds free to pursue a £90m move for his teammate Jude Bellingham.

“Everyone’s going on about Haaland, ‘spend the money on Haaland’, and rightly so. But, honestly, if I’m Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea – that is the guy you go and get.

“That is the heart of your midfield for a decade. Whatever it costs, you go and make that happen because he is special.”

Ferdinand echoes Bellingham comments

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand is also a big fan and thinks Bellingham ‘improves every team on the planet’.

He added: “We’ve got some great young talent in this country. Jude Bellingham could be the one who has the full package.

“To become captain, leader, man amongst men. To play multiple positions and dominate big games throughout his career.

“It’s a big challenge to him and I don’t want to go overboard but I have to. What he does in all games when you see him, there’s a moment in the game where he makes you go, ‘he can’t be 18 years old’.

“Whether it’s a bit of skill, or just a body position. The way you see him demand the ball from somebody, he does things that make you think, “that’s a 25-year-old who’s been playing at the top for five or six years.

“There aren’t that many players at that age, if any, where you can say he improves every team on the planet he goes to right now – at 18 years old. He improves every team.”

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