Man Utd still fighting Dortmund for Jude Bellingham transfer with Marcus Rashford key
Manchester United are still fighting for the signing of Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham despite reports claiming Borussia Dortmund have struck a deal with the central midfielder.
The Bundesliga side have negotiated terms with the Championship outfit and are seen as the favourites to sign the youngster.
But United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Matt Judge are still working to hijack Dortmund and bring Bellingham to Old Trafford instead.
The Red Devils are expected to be busy this summer with the likes of Jack Grealish, Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane all linked with transfers.
And The Athletic believe Bellingham could be another player to arrive at Old Trafford.
They say the proof United have to show of brining on young stars could tempt the Birmingham man to trust Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with his development.
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One agent told The Athletic: “Dortmund have a fine reputation for developing youth, with Sancho the leading example for British kids.
“But United have a track record too, and if you look at the squad there is Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba — even though he left and came back.
“Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams this season at United prove Bellingham would get first-team games.
“And if his ambition is to be one of the world’s best, United might point to a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.
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“Dortmund would obviously offer regular action too, but the Bundesliga bears no comparison to the Premier League for quality.
“England consistently has more representation in the latter stages of the Champions League and Europa League and if it’s superstar status you’re after it has to be the Premier League or La Liga.”
Bellingham has been in sensational form this season, netting four goals and providing three assists to his team-mates in his breakthrough Championship campaign.
United return to action when they take on Derby in the FA Cup fifth round (7.45pm).
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The match sees the Red Devils take on their all-time leading goalscorer in Wayne Rooney he now turns out for the Midlands club.
On Rooney holding the record, Solskjaer said: “When he came in with his talent and his personality and he scored a hat-trick in his first game, it was like everything was there for him.
“He played in a fantastic team I have to say, you look back at that team with Tevez, Rooney, Ronaldo, Giggs… that team had flair and pace and everything.
“For Wayne to be the club’s top goalscorer… all you can say is what an achievement.”
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