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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag and chief John Murtough are reportedly in agreement when it comes to Jude Bellingham being their top transfer target for next summer. The Borussia Dortmund star has been in magnificent form ever since his move to the Westfalenstadion back in 2020. And news of the Red Devils reigniting their interest in the 19-year-old comes two years after the club had rolled out the red carpet for him when he was strutting his stuff at Birmingham.

Manchester United had a productive summer transfer window, bringing in two world-class midfielders in the forms of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen – who arrived from Real Madrid and Brentford respectively.

But they know more is required if they’re to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford after so long in the wilderness.

According to The Mirror, United have moved on from Frenkie de Jong. Instead of the Barcelona star, it’s Bellingham who is now their top target.

Ten Hag’s side aren’t the only team eyeing the 19-year-old, with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid also admirers of the teenager.

But Ten Hag and Murtough both feel the England international would be a good recruit for the club as they plan for the future, as well as the present.

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United have been here before, of course.

They did everything in their power to land Bellingham back in the summer transfer window of 2020, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was manager.

The Norwegian had identified the midfielder as a target having been impressed by his performances for Birmingham, his boyhood club.

And United pulled out all the stops, including giving Bellingham and his family a tour of their Carrington training complex.

Sir Alex Ferguson was there to meet the teenager, with the Scot seen as key in persuading him to join – having done the same with so many other youngsters during his time as manager.

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And Bryan Robson, as well as Solskjaer, spoke to Bellingham in the hope he’d be convinced Old Trafford was the place to be.

In the end, however, United missed out.

Bellingham opted to go abroad with Borussia Dortmund and has been a regular in the time since, soaring to superstardom over at the Westfalenstadion in the process.

Now, it’ll be interesting to see whether United can succeed where they failed two years ago.

Bellingham would represent a major coup but, right now, it’s hard to see exactly where he can fit into the side.

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Casemiro and Eriksen are regulars under Ten Hag and neither would deserve to be dropped, especially with their performances as a partnership only getting better and better.

And Bruno Fernandes, who also often starts in midfield, is too important to be demoted to the bench as well.

Speaking in March last year, meanwhile, Bellingham shed light on his decision to reject United and join Dortmund instead.

“United have a fantastic squad, but I was so focused and so happy with the interest from Dortmund that this became my first choice,” he said.

“It was never a case of this club over this club. For me, it was always Borussia Dortmund, and that’s it.


“The only thing I was bothered about while making my decision was playing football, and this was the best place to do that.

“It’s as clear as day that if you come here and do the right things, you’re going to get your opportunity.”

Any fee for Bellingham will need to be a big one.

Dortmund want at least £100million to let the midfielder go, just over two years on from his arrival.

And that means United would have to make him the most-expensive signing in their entire history, with Bellingham’s fee poised to dwarf the £89m they paid for Paul Pogba back in 2016.

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