Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly obsessed with bringing Birmingham youngster Jude Bellingham to Old Trafford this summer.
The Red Devils gave the 16-year-old a tour of the club’s Carrington training ground last week, with Woodward joined by former boss Sir Alex Ferguson during the tour.
United remain hopeful of convincing the talented midfielder to move to Manchester, although there remains significant interest from Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Premier League rivals Liverpool in the player.
And a report in the Evening Standard claims that the Old Trafford club have become obsessed with getting the deal done.
The report adds that United ‘put together a package worth around £20m for the attacking midfielder in the January transfer window’, however, Birmingham snubbed the proposal.
It is now claimed that United could end up paying around £30m, including add-ons, for Bellingham this summer – with the player expected to be allowed to move on.
The Red Devils are expecting a busy summer transfer window, with Woodward keen to splash the cash to cut the gap to Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.
The likes of Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund are also being tipped to head to Old Trafford, and former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchison claims United need to make three signings to challenge.
“Good question, I think they could with those names,” Hutchison told ESPN FC when asked about United signing Grealish, Sancho and Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.
“I still think they need a top-quality centre-back because I’m pretty sure that [Pep] Guardiola in the summer will try and sign Milan Skriniar from Inter.
“He is, in my opinion, alongside Koulibaly as probably the best centre-halves in world football.
“So I will be interested to see if Pep gets that one over the line, where does Koulibaly end up?
“If you add Koulibaly to that list I think United could be really strong candidates for challenging.
“But I can only imagine that Liverpool are going to raise the bar in the summer, I can imagine that certainly Man City are going to raise the bar as well.
“So they are going to take a little bit of time to catch up but with those names you have to fancy them to be contending.”
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