Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has urged the club to go all out to secure the signing of Birmingham City hot prospect Jude Bellingham.
“Jude Bellingham: Huge talent. Huge talent,” the 41-year-old said during his live Instagram Q&A stream.
“Really good-looking footballer in the way he plays, the balance, the poise he’s got, the maturity at such a young age. I want to see more.
“But you’re buying this kid, the price tag is phenomenal, £30million for a kid, for a 16-year-old boy. It’s unbelievable. But it’s the way of the world now, and the way you’ve got to think about it is: if you’re paying £30m and we keep him for 10 years it’s money well spent.
“It’s a gamble, it’s an expensive gamble, but the kid – if you’re playing in the Championship and doing what he’s doing and looking the player he is – it’s a gamble, yeah, but a calculated one.
“I think he’s someone I would 100 per cent take. If I’m Man United now, go in and get him. You can understand why the likes of Borussia Dortmund are trying to get him, trying to take him. The kid seems to me to have it all.”
Bellingham became Birmingham’s youngest-ever first-team player after making his senior debut in August 2019 at the age of 16 years and 38 days.
The England U17 international has made 32 Championship appearances, scored 4 goals and provided 3 assists
The likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Liverpool are chasing the player’s signature.
Birmingham reportedly want as much as £30m for the youngster.