Former Sky Sports presenter Scott Minto says Arsenal may have a chance of signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham next summer.
Liverpool (along with Chelsea and Manchester City) have been backed to make a move for the teenager but Minto says that, if the Gunners finish in the Champions League places, there is no reason why they couldn’t table their own bid for the player:
“Up until the start of this season, everybody was saying ‘he’s Liverpool’s player’ because they were right up there with Manchester City. But I’m still wondering whether or not they’re going to make the top four. He’s good enough to play a key role for the very best teams in the world, and the very best team for me is Manchester City, but if Arsenal can finish in the top four, or better still, in second place, or even go on to win the title, then all of a sudden they become as attractive a proposition as City, just like that. When you look at what that team is all about under Mikel Arteta, and there’d be a need for them to strengthen if they’re playing on Europe’s biggest stage, why couldn’t they go and get a Bellingham?”
While Minto makes some sensible points, the main obstacle would be Bellingham’s price tag. Dortmund are currently demanding €150m (£130.5m) and, while that could get lowered to around the £100m mark, it would still be a club-record fee for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Some fans would argue that the 19-year-old would be worth it, considering he is a generational talent, who could nail down a place in Arsenal’s midfield for the next ten to fifteen years. However, it remains to be seen whether the Gunners would be prepared to devote all of their resources to sign just one player.