Andy Cole urges United to sign scary Bundesliga starlet instead of Declan Rice

Andy Cole believes Manchester United should sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham ahead of Declan Rice this summer.

West Ham and England ace Declan Rice has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, although David Moyes has said the Hammers will want more than £150m for his signature.

However, Cole believes Bellingham would be a better option should United plan to spend a significant portion of their summer transfer budget on a midfielder.

“£150m for a holding midfield player? That’s a lot of money,” Cole told Sky Sports, quoted by the Daily Mail.

“I don’t know how many goals he’s going to score for you from that position.

“We’re just talking, if the opportunity arises when Rice is available in the summer and Bellingham is available, who would you spend your £150m on?

“I personally would go with Bellingham, he’s 18 and he’s going that way, that way [points up and down]he creates chances, he scores goals.

“For such a young man, his ability is absolutely frightening. Bellingham has something more, just energy.

Former academy graduate Luke Chadwick has recently suggested that Liverpool would be a more attractive transfer destination than United for Bellingham due to their recent successes under Jurgen Klopp.

“If Liverpool and United are both interested and both make an offer, then I’m sure Jude Bellingham would choose Liverpool,” he added. Chadwick told Taken Offside.

“They are closer to the top of the Premier League, they have won things under Jurgen Klopp…

“Maybe if Liverpool weren’t interested you’d like to think United would be there or thereabouts, but again you have to be in the Champions League to attract players like Bellingham.”

It would be a blow to see an exciting young midfielder with so much potential join Liverpool, especially when their latest signing Luis Diaz was an instant Premier League success.

United appear to be weakening as Liverpool and Man City strengthen.

Something has to change.

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