Manchester United reportedly want Jude Bellingham to compete for a first-team place immediately if they win the race to sign him this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is focusing his United rebuild around young, British talent and Bellingham represents one of the most exciting prospects, starring for Birmingham City this season.
The 16-year-old has made 25 starts in the Championship in his breakthrough season for the Blues this season and is also being targeted by Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, who have a reputation for nurturing young talent.
According to the Evening Standard, Solskjaer sees Bellingham is a generational talent who is already capable of a place within United’s first-team squad.
Therefore, if Bellingham does arrive at Old Trafford this summer, the Norwegian is likely to have a surplus of midfielders with Nemanja Matic signing a contract extension and Paul Pogba looking increasingly likely to stay for at least another season.
Academy prospects Dylan Levitt and James Garner are knocking on the door of a first-team role but their immediate pathway could be blocked if Bellingham is brought in.
The pair, both 19, should go out on loan in order to play regular first-team minutes and prove their worth to the United manager.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Levitt and Garner are both scheduled for season-long loan spells with the aim to aid their development into the first-team.