Transfer News: Borussia Dortmund will not sell Manchester United target Jude Bellingham in January
German giants Borussia Dortmund will not sell Manchester United transfer target Jude Bellingham in the January transfer window but will be open to that idea next summer, according to the Daily Mirror (h/t Express).
United have long been interested in the 19-year-old. They sought to bring the player when he was leaving Birmingham in 2020, but the England international opted to go to the Bundesliga side.
Since then, the midfielder has only gone from strength to strength every season and has now become one of the most sought-after players in Europe. Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid are some of the high-profile names linked with the youngster.
Rivals Liverpool are likely to provide the toughest challenge of all. The Merseyside club is confident that the player will choose them next summer, with his father Mark also believed to be favouring a move to Merseyside.
Bellingham has been in fine form this season, scoring nine goals in 22 appearances for the Black & Yellow in all competitions. He also featured in all the games for the Three Lions at the World Cup, scoring one goal in the process.
Any coach would love to have a box-to-box midfielder like the 19-year-old in their squad. Despite his young age, the midfielder plays like someone who is a veteran of the game. United are undergoing a transition and adding the midfielder would secure that department for at least a decade.
While Casemiro and Christian Eriksen have been fantastic for us so far, they cannot be considered long-term players. Young players are needed to lead the midfield and there is hardly anyone better than the Dortmund midfielder.
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It is expected that he will cost at least £100 million next summer. With the potential that the 19-year-old has shown so far, that price tag may prove to be a bargain in a few years. It remains to be seen if the Red Devils can land this long-term target in the summer.