Manchester United are keeping an eye on Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham, but the German side ‘won’t sell’.
This is according to reports in Europe after rumors spread that the Red Devils could move for the 17-year-old on long-term transfer target Jadon Sancho.
England international Sancho was chased all last summer by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but in the end United were unwilling to hit the asking price.
Borussia Dortmund wanted around £ 117million, a fee the Premier League giants were unwilling to sanction.
This summer, however, it is believed the winger could be available for a lower price, estimated at around £ 78million, but now it looks like Manchester United may not be so excited.
And it has been claimed that Bellingham was the man they wanted instead, to give them more options in the midfield, with Chelsea also admiring the teenager.
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“At United at the moment, there is nothing at all about Sancho’s interest; on the contrary, a move is unlikely. The reason? Jude Bellingham, ”Christian Falk told BILD. “Dortmund themselves have the replacement for Sancho and would therefore sell Sancho.
“The English are now just focusing on Bellingham.”
But this claim was rejected by another German publication SPORT1.
Journalist Patrick Berger tweeted: “Jude Bellingham instead of Jadon Sancho at Manchester United? It is true that they are watching him. But: Borussia Dortmund will definitely not sell @BellinghamJude this summer (unsaleable). Moreover, the 17-year-old is really happy at Dortmund.
This was reiterated later by journalist Fabrizio Romano. “They won’t be negotiating with any club to sell Bellingham this summer,” he tweeted, adding that United were one of the many teams interested in the player.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer plans for the summer look shaky at the moment as they are also linked with a £ 90million move for Tottenham hero Harry Kane.
The Premier League hotshot has scored 21 goals in the competition this season but will end another season without a trophy.
Spurs, however, will want more than the speculated offer as they try to hang on to their talisman for at least one more season.