Manchester United ‘thought’ they ‘had’ Jude Bellingham before transfer collapsed

The midfielder enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of the game after making his debut for Birmingham City in 2019, recently becoming the highest scoring England teenager in Champions League history.

Aged just 19, Bellingham is playing a starring role at one of Europe’s biggest clubs Borussia Dortmund and looks set for a starting spot for England at the 2022 World Cup.

A prodigious talent when he emerged at St Andrew’s, Bellingham was linked with a number of top clubs even before his move to Germany, where transfer speculation continued.

Recently, United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City have all been credited with interest in various media reports.

United, however, could well have landed the midfielder two years ago.

Speaking to The Sun, United ambassador and club legend Robson revealed a meeting between the player’s family.

“Unfortunately for us, he decided to move to Germany. We thought we had him more or less,” Robson said.

“Myself, Sir Alex and Eric Cantona all met him with his mum and dad at Carrington and after that meeting we thought he was coming our way.

“Now there’s talk about his move next summer and you see Liverpool have talked about it a lot.

“We thought we had him and he would have been a great signing for us. But he definitely has the ability in him to be a great player for England.


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