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Manchester City backed to launch Jude Bellingham transfer swoop

Manchester City backed to launch Jude Bellingham transfer swoop - Manchester City News

Manchester City have been backed to launch a transfer move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham. 

The Lowdown: Man City’s track record

City have an impressive track record when it comes to winning the race for top up and coming English players, with the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Jack Grealish joining the club in recent years.

Now though, it appears that the Premier League champions have been touted to try and add another English talent to their ranks in the near future.

The Latest: Gundogan out, Bellingham in

Speaking to Football Insider, former Arsenal and Everton player, Kevin Campbell, had this to say on the matter.

“You have to guarantee Bellingham game time to get him. City may need to get one out. Guardiola is going to freshen up again next summer.

“It would be fair enough of City to let [Ilkay] Gundogan leave at the end of the season. It will free up a chunk of wages for them. They could go and buy somebody.

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“Bellingham could be an option. Imagine Gundogan leaving and Bellingham replacing him. That is the way City do it. We know how they operate.”

The Verdict: A no-brainer for City

Not only do City have previous in terms of signing English players, the club have also had fairly recent dealings with Dortmund as they signed Erling Haaland and Manuel Akanji from the German side during the previous summer transfer window.

In terms of what Campbell had to say, the fact that Gundogan’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium is set to expire at the end of the season makes it easy to see why the pundit has suggested that Bellingham could be a potential replacement for the German.

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Hailed as an “outstanding” player by Oliver Kahn, the 19-year-old has played every minute of Bundesliga action for his side this season and racked up more shots at goal (27), passes into the 18-yard box (17), blocks (18) and interceptions (16) than any other player at the club.

Despite having a rather hefty price tag of €150m (£128m), launching a move to sign the teenager could be a very smart long-term investment for the City hierarchy to make based on his age and clear talent.

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