Manchester United receive transfer boost in Jude Bellingham pursuit – reports

Manchester United have apparently been handed a boost in the pursuit of Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham, according to reports. It was claimed last week that the 16-year-old had decided to join Borussia Dortmund as he would get more first team opportunities than at United. However, German news source, Bild suggests the move is in jeopardy.

Dortmund are seemingly struggling to meet Birmingham City’s demands, which does not sound all that good. The Bundesliga club reportedly have an agreement with the midfielder but the coronavirus pandemic has limited the amount of money they can spend this summer. Perhaps the German club will need to sell a player to fund this move?

It has long been alleged that Birmingham would allow Bellingham to leave the club if a fee of £31.3 million was received and this figure could be too much for Dortmund this summer with them being reluctant to hand that much over, seemingly only prepared to spend £18 million, which will not quite seal the deal.

This could see United through the door to steal a deal for the teenager, who has been linked to both clubs for a number of months now. Bellingham and his parents visited United Aon training complex in Carrington earlier this year, meeting Sir Alex Ferguson, which would have been a good thing for the teenager.

However, it does not seem to have been good enough, although the player will be keeping his mind open regarding a transfer as he will be seeking for first team football in order to continue his development, which might not be what he gets at United, being that Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and even Nemanja Matic all ahead of him,

Bellingham’s father would like the teenager to move to Germany as it would be better for his footballing education, so this could still leave United out in the cold but rubbing their hands together as Dortmund will need more money to seal the deal. Could this be the door opening to Jadon Sancho being signed this summer?

Manchester United to miss out on Jude Bellingham as father prefers Borussia Dortmund transfer – reports

Manchester United are apparently likely to miss out on 16-year-old Jude Bellingham this summer as his father would prefer him to move to Borussia Dortmund, according to reports. United have had the talented teenager on their radar for some time and it was previously reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would offer the player first team football.

However, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred and Nemanja Matic, there might not be a lot of appearances for the teenager. There was even suggestions that Angel Gomes would leave the club this summer because of the players being targeted by the club. If he stayed, would Bellingham be needed?

The 16-year-old’s father believes that a move to the Bundesliga would be better for his son’s ‘football education’. It is only natural that any move would include the fact that the player would be playing first team football regularly, not just on occasion and at Dortmund, he could be given that, which would see him play regularly and up a level in the game.

It was reported a few days ago that Bellingham would not sign a professional contract with Birmingham City immediately after he turns 17 later this month, instead playing for the remainder of the season on his scholars contract which is said to be worth £145 per week. However, the player has a good relationship with the club, and will maintain that.

This could have given an intention to leave the club as a free agent this summer, with Birmingham City getting compensation only, however, it is expected that he would not leave the club that way. This will be good news for the Birmingham club, who could make a good amount of money on selling the player this summer.

It could be a blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who seemed to be interested in signing the player this summer, as did the club, especially having the player and his family meed legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. However, it is the choice of the player and his family. He might become a better player in the Bundesliga, coming back to England eventually.

Jude Bellingham to remain on scholars contract at Birmingham City until the end of the season – reports

Manchester United transfer target Jude Bellingham will reported stay on his £145 per week scholars contract at Birmingham City for the remainder of the season before a potential summer transfer. The 16-year-old turns 17 before the end of the month, meaning he could sign his first professional contract at the Championship club.

However, it is reported that Bellingham will remain on his current scholars contract at the club until the Championship season has been completed, providing more speculation that he could walk away from the club at the end of the season, just like Paul Pogba did with United in the summer of 2012.

United are reportedly competing with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund for the talented young midfielder after his breakthrough season at the Birmingham club. The Mail have reported Bellingham and his family maintain a strong relationship with Birmingham City so that an amicable solution is found before the player leaves.

Obviously, this would suggest that a deal could eventually be signed by the player, therefore extending his contract with the Championship club, meaning that they can receive a transfer fee for the player, instead of him leaving the club as a free agent with Birmingham only eligible for compensation based on him coming through the club’s academy.

This would be favourable by all parties so that there was no negativity in the player leaving the club in order to further his career and play at he highest level possible. Many talented players have left smaller clubs for successful careers with the club that helped train him from a child to a professional player showing pride in what they did.

Whether Bellingham is likely to sign for United over Dortmund remains to be seen. If Angel Gomes does sign a new contract at United, would Solskjaer have room in the squad to utilise Bellingham during the next season, especially with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred already at the club?

Manchester United are planning to raid Birmingham City for both Jude and Jobe Bellingham – reports

Manchester United are confident that they will win the race to sign 16-year-old Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City this summer but are also suggested to be after his younger brother, Jobe Bellingham also. It would be some feat for United to end up signing both players during the summer transfer window.

Jobe Bellingham has recently turned 15 and is reportedly on the radar of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports by 90min. Both Bellingham brothers have come through the academy ranks at the Birmingham club, also played for England at youth level, so will be the type of class that United is seeking.

It was suggested this week that Bellingham, 16, has been offered first team football next season if he was to sign for United, seemingly competing with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay and Fred to play in the heart of United’s midfield. This could be something that tempts the player to make his decision on the transfer.

Jobe, 15 is considered to be a solid long-term investment for United, he has not quite reached the heights of his brother, but there is nothing to suggest that he cannot raise his game to the same, or higher level. United will be competing with the likes of Premier League rivals Chelsea and Bundesliga club, Borussia Dortmund for Jude Bellingham.

His first season in the Championship, which has gone well this season, and could still continue with no decision on his the Championship season will play out after being suspended with the rest of world football because of the coronavirus pandemic, could become even better for the teenager, who its reported to be on £145 a week at the club.

United would offer him a more substantial fee to play for the Old Trafford club with some reports suggesting that he could be paid around £30,000 per week, which is the same deal the club have offered Angel Gomes, who seems to be heading out of the Old Trafford door this summer, seemingly linked to Chelsea, who have been interested in him for some time now.

Bellingham, 16, could cost United £35 million this summer, with the deal, including add-ons, rising to £50 million, which makes this saga an interesting one, especially to see if the player actually becomes the player he has been tipped to become. It is not yet known how much his 15-year-old brother could cost United, if this is, in fact, true.

Bellingham and his parents recently travelled to the club’s Aon Training Complex in Carrington, had a tour around the clubs facilities and met legendary manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired seven years ago this weekend, well Tuesday. The teenager was reportedly impressed with what United had to offer, let alone meeting Ferguson.

If this deal does happen, whether it is both Bellingham brothers that sign for the Old Trafford club, or just one of them, Solskjaer has some clear plans during his tenure at the club. Despite some Twitter fans having an agenda against the manager, is seems to be the first time in seven years that United have a plan and are sticking by it. Imagine if it all works out.

Manchester United to give 16-year-old a first team chance if they sign him this summer – reports

Manchester United are reportedly prepared to offer 16-year-old Jude Bellingham the chance of first team football if they managed to sign talented teenager this summer from Championship club Birmingham City. It is reported that United are willing to part with £50 million to sign the midfielder this summer.

I do not know if United are prepared to bid £50 million for the player or whether this will be the entire package, including wages. It is a massive amount of money but the player could well be worth it in the future when he is fully developed. United rolled out the red carpet for the player earlier this year, letting him meet Sir Alex Ferguson.

There is a whole host of teams in Europe that are interested in the player, including Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea. It has been suggested that United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would allow the player to compete with the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the first team.

Bellingham made a total of 35 appearances for Birmingham City during the 2019/20 season, which was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 32 of those appearances came in the Championship. The 16-year-old scored four goals, assisting a further three, all in the Championship.

United are said to be hoping that the offer of first team football in the top-flight of football would fend off their rivals with Chelsea having a lot of young talent at the club which is regularly loaned out of the club and Dortmund having a similar problem without the loans out of the club. United could be a place where the teenager becomes a man.

It is stated that Bellingham earns £145 a week on a scholarship contract at Birmingham and that could increase fo around £30,000 if he signed for United, which could well be his first professional contract – which he could sign at the age of 17. However, he could sign a contract at Birmingham also, giving the need for a high transfer fee.

Solskjaer clearly has his heart set on giving young and talented players, who want to play for United, the chance to do just that. It is a shame that Angel Gomes did not have the desire to do this, as he is expected to leave the Old Trafford club at the end of next month, on the expiry of his contract. Bellingham could take the chance he did not.

Gomes is linked to Chelsea at this moment in time, and considering that he wants first team football, it seems like a decision that could go wrong for him, especially with the likes Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic, and Billy Gilmour who will be ahead of the player at the club. This is before loan players come back.

Bellingham, if he chooses United, will have the world at his feet in terms of what he could achieve in his career. Solskjaer looks up to Ferguson, who managed 1,500 matches at the club, winning 59.67% of them and winning a total of 38 trophies including; 13 Premier League titles, two UEFA Champions League trophies, and five FA Cups.

Manchester United to continue with plans to bring in three new players this summer – reports

Manchester United will reportedly press on in their attempts to sign at least three players this summer, continuing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuilding effort at the Old Trafford club. Of course, there is some uncertainty surrounding the summer transfer marker – when it will start and end still being up in the air at the moment.

United apparently drew up a shortlist of players to target back in January and reportedly started negotiations to sign Jack Grealish from Aston Villa back in February before the coronavirus pandemic had started. Since then, world football has been suspended and we do not yet know what will happen with the remainder of the season, let alone next season.

It has also been reported that Birmingham City teenager, Jude Bellingham and his parents visited the club Aon Training Complex in Carrington, meeting Sir Alex Ferguson with the club also confident of outbidding any other club interested in signing Borussia Dortmund winger, Jadon Sancho, who has been linked to the Old Trafford club for a while now.

It has been stated by the Manchester Evening News, based on their understanding, that United still feel that all three targets are attainable during 2020, with only one transfer window – the summer transfer window, for the club to secure the signing of all three players. The coronavirus pandemic has put hurdles in the way though.

Both Grealish and Sancho are reported to be happy with the prospect of signing for United and over the past few years, the club has seemingly signed three players during each transfer window, which will either remain or be broken this summer. Last summer, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Harry Maguire arrived at the Old Trafford club.

16-year-old Bellingham cannot sign a professional contract with Birmingham City until late June, when he turns 17. If he signs with the club, they could demand an even higher fee for the player. If he does not sign, he could leave for United, or anywhere else, with a compensation payment to be determined, rather than a transfer fee.

It has been reported in the media that United would shelve plans to sign Sancho this summer, trying again in 2021 but that seems to come from the fact that United’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, played down the prospect of making big financial transfers this summer. Of course, it is yet unknown what the financial implications would be.

The coronavirus has suspended world football but the Bundesliga will return this weekend, the first of Europe’s big league to find normality and complete the season. This could soon be followed by the return to the Premier League, which would be good for the game – as long as there is relevant safety management with the return of the game.

However, back one March, it was suggested by Hans-Joachim Watzke, the CEO of Borussia Dortmund that Sancho could be sold this summer. However, a fee of more than £100 million would be payable with United not seeking to break their transfer record as yet. This summer could be turbulent for United and football.

Grealish, 24, is expected to be allowed to leave Villa this summer, at least after the conclusion. of the 2019/20 season, which could see the team fall back into the Championship after a season back in the Premier League, which would be a failure for the club after their spending during the past summer transfer window.

Grealish has a contract at Villa until the summer of 2023, which means United may have to pay a hefty fee to sign the player, if they remain in the Premier League. If they are relegated, this gives the player more power in his future with a suggestion that United could set the fee they would pay for the player. Solskjaer, speaking about rebuilding, said:

“We’re always looking to improve the squad and this uncertainty in the market now, who knows how football is going to be and how the market is going to be? But I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got.

“I think today’s world is different to what it was two months ago. We’ve got to adjust to that and there are clubs out there struggling more than us financially. But it’s still a new world and the transfer market this summer will be completely different to what anyone thought it was going to be.”

It was expected that United could exploit the transfer market this summer, being that they are a club with great riches. However, with the financial climate changing on a day to day basis, that could all change before the current season is over and the transfer window opens. Woodward vowed that the club would remain ‘highly-competitive’, but it may not be ‘business as normal’.

Teenage star still undecided on where his future will lie this summer but meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson could swing it – reports

Manchester United have, as yet, been unable to get a deal struck for 16-year-old Jude Bellingham who has been linked to the Premier League giants for almost a year. In the past few months, the player and his parents visited United’s Aon training complex and met legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson with the club feeling confident.

However, in the months that have passed, United have not been able to secure anything, partly due to the coronavirus pandemic which has halted world football since mid-March. This unforeseen circumstance has left other clubs thinking that they have a chance to steal the deal from under the noses of United.

The Bleacher Report have suggested that Bellingham has not yet made up his mind about where his future lies and instead was focussed on finishing the 2019/20 season at Birmingham City, although that seems to be up in the air at the minute with a decision yet to be made as to whether the EFL want to continue or abandon the season.

Back in January, Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund were hotly linked to the teenager with suggestions that the player would opt to head to Germany rather than Manchester. In the months since, there does not seen to be any indication as to which destination is more likely, which has led to the media playing guessing game, as usual.

The 16-year-old has become the most wanted player in England, according to reports after his stunning form for Birmingham over the past season. The German club seems positive that their approach will be successful but reports suggest the player’s family hold reservations about a move abroad at his age – he would be 17 this summer.

United’s Premier League rivals, Chelsea also hold an interest in the player, which might give him a difficult decision to make at this time, if they have even made an approach for him. Also, at United, he would not be guaranteed first team football immediately with the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, and Scott McTominay ahead of him.

Moving to a smaller club would see him get plenty of first team action, but the chances of him moving to a bigger club after that would depend on his performances. Wayne Rooney broke into Everton’s first team around the same age, however, there is no guarantee that Bellingham is a generational talent like Rooney clearly was.

That said, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems keen on a £35 million deal for the teenager, rising to around £50 million with add-ons. When Bellingham had the meeting with United, he was reportedly blown away, perhaps an indication that he liked what he saw and could possibly see himself at the club in the long term. Who knows. It seems positive though.

In the meeting at Carrington, Bellingham, his parents, Sir Alex Ferguson and Matt Judge were present. It was stated by an apparent source of the Old Trafford club that they felt Bellingham was blown away by what he saw, which might be something or nothing. We all know how the media stirs things from time to time. However, this was said:

“We felt that he was blown away with what he was shown and what was said to him by all.”

Two top players firmly on Manchester United’s radar this summer, two not so much as transfer plans unfold

Manchester United are reportedly keen on kicking on with their transfer business this summer, or whenever the transfer window opens which could be delayed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Two players that have been heavily linked to the Old Trafford club are Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham.

There have been reports that United have been interested on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez but according to Sky Sports reporter James Cooper, Rodriguez is not on the clubs radar as they see Jack Grealish as a better prospect and Kane is not on United’s list of potential signings, despite reports suggesting otherwise.

United have come a long way this season, despite not paying football for more than a month already, what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has started is something that could well be interesting over the next few years. The arrivals of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Harry Maguire, and Bruno Fernandes has seemingly worked well so far.

Sancho is a player that could have a massive impact at United and one that Solskjaer will be seeking to add to his squad to address the problems in the wide areas of the pitch. When he left Manchester City in 2017, I sensed that it could have been a mistake and now it seems that the noisy neighbours will regret it, especially if he comes to United this summer.

United already have a good set of attacking players with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, who is still developing. Sancho could help the trio score more goals and build the attacking power that Solskjaer will be looking to bring to the club. To say the Norwegian does not have a clue is amateurish at best and shows an agenda at play.

The 20-year-old will likely cost upwards of £100 million even with the Coronavirus likely to lower transfer fees for the foreseeable future. This is something that United can afford and the marketing opportunities that would become of a high-profile player like Sancho making the move would also be beneficial for both the player and the club.

Bellingham is a player that has been linked to United on numerous occasions so far and has had a tour of United’s Aon training complex in Carrington which also included talks with Sir Alex Ferguson and Solskjaer. Reports have suggested that the 16-year-old was ‘blown away’ with things at United, which could be a good sign.

However, Dortmund are interested in the player too and the German media suggest that it could only be a matter of time before they sign the best young midfield prospect in England but United feel they have done enough to make the decision a tough one. It is suggested that Solskjaer would have Bellingham as part of his first-team squad next season.

One thing is for certain, United has a plan, a sense of direction and a manager who is doing his best to guide the club back to glory. Some do not think Solskjaer is the man to do this but there is nothing to suggest that, only agenda of the muppets who continue to beg for another manager to be sacked, which is pathetic. Stability is what United needs.

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