Pundit claims Man United could now sign Jude Bellingham after £132m reveal - 'this changes everything'
Noel Whelan has insisted Champions League qualification would “change everything” for Man United in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham.
The former Leeds striker was speaking exclusively to Football Insider amid reports of Dortmund demanding a British-record fee for the 19-year-old.
According to The Athletic (21 September), the German side are adamant that they want to receive €150million (£132million) for Bellingham if he pushes for an exit next summer.
However, the report claims Dortmund are not resigned to losing the England international at the end of the season and no release clause is active in his current contract.
It is also claimed that the Red Devils, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Real Madrid all have a “strong interest” in the midfielder.
Man United are currently plying their trade in the Europa League but sit just one point outside the Champions League spots after six league games.
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Whelan backed Erik ten Hag’s side to fight Man City and Liverpool for Bellingham if they can return to “the best competition in the world”
He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “If Man United get into the Champions League, then it changes everything.
“They’ll then be choosing from the Pot A of players, rather than the Pot B and C.
“The best players in the world will want to play in the best competition in the world. It’s the biggest trophy of all.
“That’ll be their aim this year. Getting into that top four would allow them to build a team with the best players in Europe.
“If they can get that qualification, then they’ll be able to compete with the likes of Man City and Liverpool – who I’m sure will be looking at Bellingham next summer as well.
“It makes a huge difference.”