Manchester United ready to battle Liverpool for 19-year-old midfielder
Manchester United to battle Liverpool for the signature of Jude Bellingham
According to The Telegraph (Subscription Required), Manchester United are ready to battle Liverpool for the signature of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Bellingham, who is a primary midfield target for Liverpool, is also being seriously eyed up by European champions Real Madrid.
A few days ago, it was reported that the England international will decide on his future during the March international break. Well, that time is not far away now if that indeed is the timeline of his decision-making.
The 19-year-old would cost something around £110m, which is not a surprise given his qualities, the potential longevity of the contract and the recent trend of the market. If Jack Grealish can cost £100m, Bellingham is definitely worth more than that.
After going out of the Champions League with a whimper, it became clearer that a massive rebuild is required if Liverpool are to get back towards challenging for the elite trophies again.
The current team looks like a team that has no fire left to even get themselves up for the biggest of challenges. The Manchester United game now seems like an anomaly to the trend.
The rebuild must start by signing two-three top quality midfielders. Bellingham is one of them. The club needs to make sure the money is forked out to sign the 19-year-old. If we lose out on him due to financial constraints, the owners should leave the club and hand it over to someone willing to spend money when necessary.
Bellingham is such a player that he would add quality and freshness to the squad. It would inspire some of the underperforming players to find their level back and fight for the team.
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On paper, the 19-year-old will be just one addition to the squad. But impact-wise, he could be much more than that.