English Premiership

United promise Bellingham first-team football to fend off Dortmund

2020-04-19 10:10
Jude Bellingham of Birmingham City during the Sky
Jude Bellingham (Photo by Leila Coker/MI News/NurPhoto)

Manchester United are reportedly willing to promise Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham first-team football to beat rival clubs to his signature.

Bellingham has been one of the biggest success stories in the Championship this season having broken into the Birmingham first team at the age of just 16, going on to make 35 appearances in all competitions.

The England youth international is now set to be at the centre of a transfer tug of war, with Manchester United battling the likes of Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund to give Bellingham the next step in his career.

Dortmund have a history of beating United to their transfer targets, having snatched Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January, and the Bundesliga has proven to be an inviting place for English youngsters like Red Devils target Jadon Sancho to develop.

Bellingham is said to be attracted by the setup at Dortmund, but according to Sky Sports, United feel they have the edge over their rivals because they are ready to tempt Bellingham with the promise of first team football.

Regular gametime will be a key factor in Bellingham's decision, given how much he has featured already for Birmingham - and it is claimed that United are ready to give him opportunities at Old Trafford, rather than loaning him back to St Andrew's.

Bellingham may look at how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has integrated Daniel James into the first team fold after a similar move from the Championship to Old Trafford for the ex-Swansea winger.

The 16-year-old has already been given a guided tour of United's Carrington training ground, and has been introduced to legendary former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, experiences which left him "blown away".

- TEAMtalk media


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