Manchester United have used Sir Alex Ferguson as part of a charm offensive to ‘entice’ highly-coveted Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham to Old Trafford.
The teenager has emerged as a target for several of Europe’s leading clubs following his breakthrough at the Championship side this season, with Manchester United inviting the 16-year-old for talks and a tour of the club’s training ground alongside his parents this week.
According to the Telegraph, Sir Alex Ferguson was present during the talks alongside executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and head of corporate development Matt Judge, the trio hopeful of persuading Bellingham to ignore other suitors ahead of a potential £35m summer move.
United are set to face serious competition for his signature with Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid all monitoring the progress of a player who has represented England at U17 level.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are continuing their strategy of targeting emerging British talent, and their most serious competitors are likely to be Dortmund with the Germans reportedly prepared to break their transfer record to secure his signing.
The Bundesliga side have a strong record of identifying and nurturing young talent, including England international Jadon Sancho who has flourished since making the move to Germany from Manchester City three years ago.
Dortmund also beat United to the signing of in-demand teenage star Erling Haaland during the January transfer window, the Norwegian choosing a move to Lucien Favre’s side despite undergoing a similar tour of a number of clubs training facilities, including Arsenal and United.
The Red Devils will be hopeful of convincing Bellingham to make the move to Old Trafford this summer, the midfielder having become the youngest player and goalscorer in Birmingham’s history earlier this season, since going on to score four goals in 32 Championship appearances.