‘Problem’: Chelsea more likely to complete signing of £135m player than Manchester United - journalist

Journalist Dean Jones has claimed to GiveMeSport that Manchester United are not likely to complete the signing of Jude Bellingham next summer.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is already gaining plenty of admirers for a potential transfer at the end of the season, with Chelsea one of the sides interested.

Safe in the knowledge that Liverpool and Real Madrid made strides towards the signing earlier, Todd Boehly has upped his efforts to put the Blues in the discussion to bring the youngster in next summer.

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The signing is likely a priority at Stamford Bridge, despite the reported £135m fee. The current crop of midfielders could look very different at the end of the current campaign.

Both N’golo Kante and Jorginho are currently reportedly not close to signing a new deal with the club, with them both in their final years at the club.

United out of Bellingham race

Kante in particular is notably far away from agreeing on demands with Boehly, despite both parties ideally wanting to maintain the relationship.

Their efforts to sign Bellingham may have been handed a boost, with Jones claiming it is unlikely United are able to complete the transfer.

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He said: “I think United do want him and there is an interest in him.

“But I think there is also a realisation that if Jude Bellingham is going to make a transfer next summer, they are probably not going to have progressed, at that point, to a level whereby he is going to pick them above the other clubs that are going to be in to sign him. I think that’s probably the biggest problem they’ve got.”

If Chelsea are unsuccessful in their attempts to sign the Dortmund man, they may look to his international teammate Declan Rice, with their efforts to sign him in prior transfer windows widely reported.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.