Manchester United have a fervent need to sign a striker this summer when Wout Weghorst’s loan ends, but Erik ten Hag also recognises the importance of bringing in a midfielder.
Scott McTominay and Donny van de Beek are out of favour and need upgrading, so United are aiming big.
Jude Bellingham is one of the best young players in Europe and Borussia Dortmund are open to selling him for the right price, and Jason Burt of the Telegraph claims United are finally registering an interest.
The 19-year-old has interest from Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Chelsea, but his £110 million asking price may prove a stumbling block.
Burt says Ten Hag understands he ‘will have to sell’ to raise enough money for Bellingham if United also sign a striker as expected.
Bellingham joined Dortmund three years ago and has made 123 appearances in all competitions, contributing 44 goals.
The England international is already one of the best midfielders in the continent, so it’s no wonder United want to sign him. But with Bellingham keen on a Liverpool move, coupled with the lofty valuation, United aren’t leading the race for his signature.
Casemiro is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe and Bruno Fernandes is one of the best playmakers, so adding Bellingham to the engine room would make United a frightening proposition next season.
Ten Hag would have to break the Red Devils’ transfer record to bring Bellingham to Old Trafford while also finding money to sign a stellar centre-forward.
New owners may completely change the equation, especially if the debt is wiped off United’s books to free up finances and allow the club to spend more.
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