Manchester United are reportedly in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham this summer, and they may have a secret weapon in their pursuit.
United’s new director of football negotiations, Chris Hargreaves, could be the key to sealing the deal. Hargreaves was appointed last month following the departure of Matt Judge and will be responsible for negotiating deals for the club.
According to the Daily Mail, Hargreaves previously worked as a marketing director at Adidas and focused on players and scouting, including Bellingham. United will hope that his previous relationship with the player will give them the upper hand in the battle to sign him.
Bellingham has been attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs around Europe, and Borussia Dortmund have reportedly slapped a £130million asking price on the midfielder, which has deterred Liverpool’s interest. However, United are still in the running to secure his signature.
Real Madrid are also believed to be interested in the England international and are set to send officials to Germany in an attempt to lure him to the club. The Spanish giants are understood to have a “direct” line of communication with Bellingham.
The 19-year-old midfielder joined Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham City last year and has impressed with his performances in the Bundesliga. He has also made six appearances for the England national team, including in the recent World Cup qualifiers.
United are reportedly keen to strengthen their midfield options this summer, and Bellingham would be a significant addition to the squad. With Hargreaves’ previous experience and relationship with the player, United may have an advantage in their pursuit of the midfielder.
The Red Devils have already secured the signing of Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund last summer, and Bellingham could be the next player to make the move from Germany to Old Trafford. However, with competition from Real Madrid and other top clubs, United will need to move quickly to secure his signature before the transfer window closes.