Manchester United are prepared to make Jude Bellingham one of the highest-paid teenagers in world football to lure him to Old Trafford, according to reports.
Bellingham has been brought to the attention of Europe’s top clubs this season after a stunning breakthrough season in the Championship, in which he has scored four goals and assisted three others.
Liverpool and Manchester City are said to be fond admirers, but United and Borussia Dortmund have been most strongly linked, with previous reports claiming that Bellingham has chosen Dortmund as his next club.
Meanwhile, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly “obsessed” with the idea of bringing the midfielder to Old Trafford and according to the Daily Star, the Red Devils still have a chance of doing so.
The newspaper claims that Bellingham has in fact narrowed down his options to United and Dortmund and faces a tough decision in the coming months.
As such, Woodward is prepared to do all he can to beat the Bundesliga side to his signature, including by offering the player a contract worth £100,000 per week, which would put him among the highest-paid teenagers in the game.
Part of Woodward’s strategy comes from the fact that United could miss out on Champions League football for next season if the campaign resumes in due course, which would sway Bellingham towards the German top flight.
As well as that, the United chief is well aware that the Red Devils were beaten to the signing of Erling Braut Haaland by Borussia Dortmund, who have a knack of signing young talents having also captured Jadon Sancho after his Manchester City exit.
In other news, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly targeting three areas of development for the summer transfer window.
Solskjaer has impressed with his five signings so far, with January arrivals Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo having an immediate impact.