Manchester United pair Ed Woodward and Matt Judge are working on sealing a transfer deal for Birmingham star Jude Bellingham this week, reports say. The 16-year-old has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund but the Red Devils could end up luring him to Old Trafford instead.
Manchester United were linked with a move for Bellingham during the January transfer window amid his impressive form in the Championship for Birmingham.
The 16-year-old has been a key player for the Blues this season, turning the heads of England and Europe’s elite in the process.
United admire Bellingham and see him as the ideal player for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuild, with the Norwegian focused on landing young and promising talent.
Recently, Dortmund have emerged as frontrunners in the race to sign the teenager.
But Football Insider say United duo Woodward and Judge are working on a deal to sign Bellingham this week.
It’s claimed that they’ve held ‘extensive talks’ with Birmingham over a potential transfer.
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And, despite Dortmund’s involvement, United are hopeful they can win the race for the midfielder.
However, there’s still much work to do.
United must reportedly convince both the player and his family that they’re a move attractive destination than Dortmund.
As things stand, the Bundesliga side are on the verge of agreeing a fee for the player.
But United are hopeful they can add him to their ranks.
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Solskjaer’s signings have all done well for United, with the 47-year-old signing five throughout his time at the club.
Daniel James was the first to arrive and has sparkled in his first season at Old Trafford.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka has done enough at right-back to suggest he can make the position his own over the next decade.
Harry Maguire has brought composure and solidarity to the Red Devils’ backline since his move from Leicester.
And Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have enjoyed good starts to their Old Trafford spells since arriving in January.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, former Birmingham winger Jermaine Pennant urged Bellingham to turn down United.
“It’s difficult, it will be so hard for Jude to turn down a move to Manchester United,” Pennant told talkSPORT.
“But is it going to halt his career, at 16? Ole is not going to be throwing him into the starting line-up, he will be in the squad but he won’t be starting. How many games is he going to play?
“Now he is a regular at Birmingham. Birmingham is in the Championship, not League One, not League Two, the Championship, it’s good football.
“The Championship is a very difficult league, more demanding than the Premier League – and he’s 16 and he’s holding his weight, he is putting in tackles, he’s strong.”
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