KEY POINTS

  • Bellingham impressed with Manchester United offer
  • Bellingham to fight for first-team slot against fellow 16-year-old players
  • Chelsea still in the running for Bellingham

Jude Bellingham is one of the many young players that teams are aiming for and Manchester United may have just upped the stakes. The Red Devils have reportedly promised the 16-year-old a chance to make the first-team if he chooses to move to Old Trafford in the summer.

Teams like Dortmund Borussia and Chelsea FC were also aggressively pursuing the English footballer but it appears United pulled off something that reportedly blew away the teenager. United invited Bellingham over to the Carrington training base in March where he got the chance to meet team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as well as legendary former manager Sir Alex Fergusson.

It seems that the move was enough to catapult United as the leader in the race for Bellingham. But should he select Manchester United, the 16-year-old will have to work for his keep. Aside from him, the club is reportedly set to take in Joe Hugill and Marc Jurado. This means that he will have to compete against the two 16-year-old players as well if he is to make the first-team, The Standard reported. The transfer fee required to get Bellingham is at £30 million.

That in mind, Chelsea could still have a chance at getting Bellingham. In a previous post, it was mentioned how the Blues were leading the race to acquire his services. However, there are some people like former Chelsea player Frank Sinclair who feels he needs to give it deeper thought. Sinclair feels that Bellingham would do well to work on his game some more before making a big switch to Chelsea.

“He has to think about playing games, getting better and improving as a player – which I think will be very difficult for him to do at Chelsea," Sinclair said to GentingBet.

Should he go forth with his plans, Sinclair adds that Bellingham needs to factor in playing time. Though he can fight for a spot either in United or Chelsea, he needs to make sure that his talent is getting utilized and not going to waste.

“So, if he is going to move on from Birmingham and kick on at a higher level, it is really important that he goes to a club where he can play week in, week out as that’s the only way he’ll improve and fulfill the potential that he’s got," Sinclair said.

Jude Bellingham of Birmingham City
Jude Bellingham of Birmingham City Getty Images | James Williamson - AMA
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