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Jude Bellingham transfer: Manchester United to use 16-year-old ‘generational talent’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team immediately after signing

Manchester United have taken a step forward in their attempts to sign Birmingham wonderkid Jude Bellingham – by saying he will be a first-team player immediately after joining the Red Devils.

Bellingham, who doesn’t turn 17 until the end of next month, is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in English football and he’s been earning interest from across Europe.

Bellingham’s rise to prominence has been one of the stories of the 2019/20 English football season
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He’s been a key player for Birmingham this season despite his remarkable youth, playing 35 times in all competitions and scoring four Championship goals.

The teenage midfielder has been touted as a ‘young Steven Gerrard‘, and clubs such as Man United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have all been keeping tabs on him.

The Red Devils have been doing all they can to win the hard-fought transfer race for Bellingham, even inviting him to their Carrington training ground earlier this year; he met legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson during his visit, as well as the club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Why Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund are fighting over ‘generational talent’ Jude Bellingham

And United have made another move to try and convince Bellingham to head to Old Trafford by telling the youngster he will immediately be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team when he signs.

According to the Evening Standard, United consider Bellingham a ‘generational talent’ who is capable of earning a place in Solskjaer’s starting XI straight away – and this could give United an advantage in the race to sign the £30million wonderkid.

Earlier this year, Birmingham manager Pep Clotet joined talkSPORT to provide the lowdown on Bellingham

“He always had something special,” said Clotet. “The way he takes on information and changes himself and makes himself a better player, it’s unbelievable.

“As soon as he sees something that’s not working, he changes it straight away, he improves it straight away.

Bellingham is considered the heir apparent to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard
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“You never see the roof on him [the sky’s the limit].

“He’s a very modern player and he can play in any position in the midfield; we can use him on the wing coming inside, we can use him as a no.10, and we can use him as a second striker.

“He’s very modern, bit still not settled. He would love to play as a central midfielder, but it’s a massive asset for himself the fact he can perform and perform with quality in any of those positions.”

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