Prem giants urged to sign ‘special’ England teen ‘whatever it costs’

Date published: Thursday 9th December 2021 2:57 - Jason Soutar

Jude Bellingham jokingly waits for a handshake during a goal celebration

Owen Hargreaves has urged Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man Utd to sign Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jude Bellingham “whatever it costs”.

The England midfielder joined Dortmund in 2020 after the German outfit paid around £25million to sign him from Birmingham City.

He has become a crucial player at Signal Iduna Park, having featured 68 times for the first team already.


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Bellingham has impressed on the international stage as well as in the Champions League, with a host of Europe’s top clubs chasing his signature.

Dortmund want £90m for the youngster as his contract is not set to expire until 2025. Despite this, Hargreaves has urged the Premier League’s elite teams to go after Bellingham.

“First of all, against Man City [in the Champions League last season] he was the best midfielder on the pitch, with Kevin de Bruyne out there, which is crazy,” Hargreaves told BT Sport.

“Everyone’s going on about Haaland, ‘spend the money on Haaland’, and rightly so. But, honestly, if I’m a big team in England – Man United, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea – that is the guy you go and get.

“That is the heart of your midfield for a decade. Whatever it costs, you go and make that happen because he is special.”

Hargreaves’ former Man Utd team-mate Rio Ferdinand echoed his comments, adding: “We’ve got some great young talent in this country. Jude Bellingham could be the one who has the full package.

“It’s a big challenge to him and I don’t want to go overboard but I have to because what he does in all games when you see him, what he does, there’s a moment in the game where he makes you go, ‘he can’t be 18 years old’.

“Whether it’s a bit of skill, or just a body position, the way you see him demand the ball from somebody, he does things that make you think, ‘that’s a 25-year-old who’s been playing at the top for five or six years’.

“There aren’t that many players at that age, if any, where you can say he improves every team on the planet he goes to right now – at 18 years old. He improves every team.”

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