Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Manchester United are all looking to land Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham with the Red Devils needing to change their transfer approach
Manchester United are chasing Jude Bellingham this summer transfer window.
But they have been told they must change their approach in order to land the teenage prospect ahead of Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
All three clubs are in the race for Birmingham City star Bellingham, according to ESPN.
United have long been considered the leading contenders with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already giving the 16-year-old assurances he would head straight into the first-team squad, bypassing the Under-18s and Under-23s.
But their offers have so far involved structured deals made up of a smaller up front payment with a range of bonuses and incentives.
It is claimed that they will need to increase the amount they will pay up front to Birmingham in order to fend off competition from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
Birmingham are reportedly ready to cash-in on Bellingham in order to ease their financial issues but it will require United or other clubs to pay most of the fee up front.
Bellingham has already played 35 games in his first season of senior football and scored four goals.
Borussia Dortmund are considered by many to be the leading contenders in the race for his signature.
But United have already given Bellingham and his family a tour of their Carrington training base with Sir Alex Ferguson drafted in to try and convince him to join the club.
United’s contract offer is reported to be less than that submitted by Dortmund but they will hope to sell Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s project to tempt him to the club as he weighs up his options.
Speaking of the recent interest, Birmingham manager Pep Clotet said: “Why I’m very happy now is that Jude is here with us and that all the players are here with us as well.
“We focus on that really, but I understand that there will be more speculation when the games come back.”
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