Manchester United target Jude Bellingham could ‘turn out to be a bargain’ if the Old Trafford club agree to meet the demands of Borussia Dortmund, according to journalist Dean Jones.
The Red Devils may have spent more than £200million during the summer transfer window, but it appears that boss Erik ten Hag has already set his sights on strengthening his squad further down the line.
What’s the latest news involving Bellingham?
According to The Sun, Dortmund are willing to sanction Bellingham’s departure if one of his suitors pledge to pay an upfront fee of £83million next summer.
The report suggests Manchester United are keen to acquire the 17-cap England international but are aware that they will need to finish in the Premier League’s top four to stand a chance.
It seems that Bellingham’s price tag has decreased substantially as he was reportedly valued at close to £132million by Dortmund.
Manchester United were among a number of clubs – which included Real Madrid and Liverpool – looking to strike a deal with the Bundesliga giants during the summer transfer window, but they were unwilling to part with the teenager at that stage.
It is understood that Chelsea have also joined the race for Bellingham’s services, with the Blues’ hierarchy attempting to make inroads in the central midfielder’s camp.
What has Dean Jones said about Bellingham?
Jones believes Manchester United should pounce for Bellingham as forking out £83million could end up being money well spent if he reaches his potential.
The transfer insider feels the Red Devils need to learn from their experiences in the summer window and meet Dortmund’s financial expectations.
Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “I don’t think £83million is a lot for Bellingham, to be honest, and I think United would probably have to see that in the same way, given what they went through with Frenkie de Jong and Antony last summer.
“To be honest, £83million might even turn out to be a bargain if Jude Bellingham ends up fulfilling his potential.
“He’s so good and, at that price, if it meant you were getting him ahead of all those other rivals, I think it would probably be money well spent.”
Will it be easy to sign Bellingham from Dortmund?
Dortmund have shown over the years that they are willing to sell some of their biggest stars for the right price, with Jadon Sancho’s £73million switch to Manchester United last year being a prime example.
It seems that the German side have named their price and, despite Bellingham having just shy of three years remaining on his £49,000-per-week contract, a move could be on the cards in 2023.
Ten Hag, who was appointed as Manchester United’s boss ahead of the new season, now needs to make sure he is at the front of the queue for the 19-year-old’s signature.
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