Manchester United’s groundwork over Jude Bellingham’s transfer could serve them well, despite losing out to Borussia Dortmund, a report claims.
The 18-year-old has made waves following his breakthrough with Birmingham. He only celebrated his birthday in June, but now looks a certainty for England’s 2022 World Cup squad. Such a rise, though, has come mainly from his club form.
Bellingham moved from the Midlands to Dortmund last summer in an initial £25million move.
However, he had serious interest from United before choosing to move abroad. Indeed, the midfielder met Sir Alex Ferguson, who gave him a tour of the club.
While Bellingham eventually saw his career progression going better in Germany, The Sun on Sunday has revealed how United made a ‘lasting impression’ on the teenager.
The newspaper adds that United’s groundwork over a deal has put them ahead of their transfer rivals.
Bellingham is reportedly targeting a future move back to England and to the Premier League.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly made him a priority target in a potential club-record deal. Chelsea and Manchester City are also reportedly showing interest.
However, United’s previous work with Bellingham is still in the player’s memory. As well as Ferguson, Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spent time with Bellingham.
Reports have now claimed that United could sell a host of talent to fund deals for Bellingham and Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland.
Bellingham wowed by Man Utd
A source reportedly told The Sun on Sunday: “United may have lost out last year when he moved to Germany, but the ground work they put in has made a lasting impression on Jude and his family.
“They were really impressed with the effort United made and the respect they were shown by everyone at the club.
“Meeting Sir Alex Ferguson was the icing on the cake.
“Ultimately as Jude has made clear since, he decided to move to the club where he could see he would play games straight away and gain top level experience week in, week out.
“United couldn’t offer that, but his memories from that day and the interactions he had with the club are extremely fond ones. United did everything right so maybe in the future that will work in their favour.”
Bellingham starred in Dortmund’s 2-1 Champions League win over Besiktas on Wednesday. He scored the opener before teeing up Haaland just before half time.