Man Utd told two deals hint at brutal truth why Bellingham transfer might elude them, as Liverpool claim is branded ‘nonsense’

Borussia Dortmund, Jude Bellingham Credit: PA Images

The harsh reality why a Jude Bellingham transfer might escape Man Utd has been suggested by a pundit who also branded a common Liverpool observation as “nonsense”.

At just 19, Bellingham is already one of football’s hottest commodities. The Dortmund and England ace continues to catch the eye each and every time he takes the field.

A Bellingham transfer back to England has remained a hot topic despite the summer window coming and going without action.

A move in 2023 always looked the likelier prospect anyway given Dortmund had already sold Erling Haaland to Man City. Dortmund are no stranger to losing their best players, though rarely sell multiple superstars in the same season.

As such, all eyes are on what 2023 holds for Bellingham, especially in the summer window.

The Athletic recently reported Dortmund will hold out for around £131m for their superstar player. The Sun painted a different picture, claiming just £83m could get the job done – Providing the fee was paid up front and in full.

Many of Europe’s elite have been linked a Bellingham transfer, such as Bayern Munich, PSG and Real Madrid.

However, of greater interest is what Liverpool and Manchester United will do.

The talk around Anfield is Liverpool are in desperate need of major surgery in midfield. Naby Keita’s future is uncertainwhile all three of he, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are off contract next summer.

United, meanwhile, failed to land their primary midfield target in Frenkie de Jong. Christian Eriksen has done an outstanding job offsetting that miss, while Casemiro is still finding his feet after joining from Real Madrid.

Both clubs continue to be front and center in any and all speculation surrounding Bellingham’s future.

Sancho, De Jong sagas offer hint?

However, according to Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, two of United’s recent transfer dealings suggest there is a new “financial reality” at Old Trafford that could scupper a Bellingham transfer.

Fowler pointed to the drawn-out sagas that saw them eventually sign Jadon Sancho but miss out on De Jong. In both instances, United were kept at arm’s length for long periods.

The De Jong claim is somewhat curious given Barcelona did accept a United bid worth over £70m. The bigger issue there related to the player not wanting to move.

“There is a lot of excitement amongst Liverpool fans that Bellingham is destined for Anfield,” wrote Fowler in his column for the Mirror.

“You can be sure that Manchester United will also be in the mix.

“But while Liverpool have not blinked in the past when it has come to breaking the bank for the right player – think Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Darwin Nunez – it remains to be seen whether the club’s owners would allow themselves to be lured into a bidding war.

“And we have seen with United’s patient recruitment of Jadon Sancho and their refusal to cave into Barcelona’s demands for Frenkie de Jong that there is a new financial reality at Old Trafford.

“It will be interesting to see how far the two north-west giants are prepared to go for Bellingham to grace their red shirt.”

Fowler dismisses Liverpool claim as “nonsense”

Jamie Carragher has joined the chorus of voices claiming Liverpool’s midfield requires urgent attention.

Speaking to talkSPORT about the Bellingham rumoursCarragher suggested it’s “obvious” Klopp needs “two or three” major additions in midfield.

Refuting that notion, Fowler declared the idea Liverpool’s squad needs a rebuild is “nonsense”.

He does believe Bellingham would be a game-changing addition akin to Erling Haaland at Man City. However, whether the Reds are able to pull off the coup, Fowler is not so sure.

“Bellingham is the kind of player Klopp needs,” continued Fowler. “Liverpool has had an uninspired start to the season.

“But it was only four months ago that Klopp’s side took themselves to within two games of immortality.

“Let’s not forget how close Liverpool were to winning the Champions League and Premier League to the FA Cup and Carabao Cup last May.

“The suggestion that their squad requires a complete rebuild is nonsense.

Bellingham could have Van Dijk-style impact at Anfield

“But every team needs to be refreshed now and then – and I think the arrival of Bellingham next summer would lift Liverpool in the same way that signing Van Dijk once did.

Will it happen? I don’t think anyone knows with any certainty where Jude Bellingham will be playing his football next season.

“But one thing I am sure of is that any elite club with ambitions of keeping themselves at the very top of the game have to evolve.

“Planning for the future is a big part of that process. But there also comes a time when they have to think about the here and now.

“Manchester City made that kind of statement by signing Haaland. His impact on a team that has won four out of five titles has been stunning.

“I put Bellingham in the same category.”

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