Manchester United are reportedly still in the race for Jude Bellingham this summer, alongside several top clubs.
According to The Athletic, the recent resurgence at Old Trafford could have boosted their position in pursuit of the sought-after teenager.
Currently, those believed to be actively considering a deal are Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City, and whilst Borussia Dortmund would be keen on keeping the talent, they will not stand in his way if he opts for a new venture at the end of the season. However, if he was to depart, they would demand a fee of around £132 million.
The ongoing speculation on a potential United takeover could end up playing a factor in a deal for the Englishman, as new owners could grant Erik ten Hag significant financial backing, especially in their first transfer window. This would likely give the Reds an advantage over the other clubs.
Ten Hag ignites United’s revival
Last season, the Red Devils rounded off their worst Premier League campaign to date, as well as their fifth year without a major trophy. Ten Hag has implemented drastic changes to results, performances and morale – the squad have never looked happier and more confident than under the new manager.
They are currently the only English team that remain in contention for all four competitions. The Carabao Cup final awaits them on Sunday and they have even been involved in Premier League title shouts, given their firmly cemented place in the top three of the table.
Bellingham is one of the most exciting prospects in world football and there are not many supporters that would turn him down at Old Trafford. At just 19, he walks into almost any club’s midfield across Europe and is already regarded as a complete midfielder.
He often dons the captain’s armband for Dortmund and played a pivotal role for England at both the Euro 2020 tournament and last year’s World Cup. With the magic Ten Hag has worked on United’s players already, he could be instrumental to Bellingham’s ongoing development.