Former Birmingham City CEO Dong Ren has recalled Man United’s push to sign then-16-year-old Jude Bellingham back in 2020, before his move to Borussia Dortmund.
“United made the biggest offer we received compared to Bayern, Dortmund, Leicester or other clubs like Wolves,” Ren told Mundo Deportivo.
“Ed Woodward [then United CEO] was the most insistent. We sat down and talked about how we could convince Bellingham. But Jude didn’t make any decisions based on money.
“They offered much more salary compared to the rest. Maybe double. He was going to have guaranteed millions in the bank and he did not take them. That’s not normal for a player at all.
“He sat down with Solskjaer, until Woodward brought Ferguson that day, another day to Cantona, to try to convince him.
“Before the last three games of the season he had decided on Dortmund. They told us they wanted to go as a player and as a family.”
This will definitely be one that got away for United: in the next two and a half years, Bellingham has turned into a key player for Dortmund and England whose transfer would likely be worth over ₤100m next summer.
United are reportedly trying to sign him this time but again, Bellingham could reject their offer again, this time for the likes of Real Madrid or Liverpool.