Kevin Campbell has suggested Arsenal sign teenage sensation, Jude Bellingham, from Borussia Dortmund if an opportunity arises.
Jude Bellingham has become a sensation right since he moved over to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020. Due to his performances in his debut season in Germany, Dortmund decided to offer him a new deal earlier this summer, and the promising midfielder is now signed up until 2025.
Dortmund paid a record fee for the then 17-year-old, while Birmingham City decided to unusually retire Bellingham’s no. 22 jersey. The youngster has become a key player for the Bundesliga side while also becoming a prominent member of Gareth Southgate’s England side.
Many Premier League clubs are already interested in bringing him back to England, with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson recently heaping praise on Bellingham amid interest from his club.
Manchester United are also credited with an interest, although Dortmund could demand a reported fee €100 million for the 18-year-old. He will surely become one of the most expensive young midfielders of all time if either of those clubs forks out that kind of fee.
Despite the potentially huge fees already attached on the shoulders of the 18-year-old, former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell goes on to suggest Arsenal should be the club signing Bellingham when the opportunity arises. football.london posted Campbell’s comments from his part in the Highbury Squad podcast.
When asked about Arsenal potentially signing Bellingham, Campbell said, “Why not! This young man was at Birmingham, just up the M6. Nobody took the chance, and he had to go to Dortmund. If we have to pay the money, and if we want somebody to be in there [midfield] for years to come, we’ve got to pay the money.”
Surely Bellingham will improve any side in the Premier League, including Arsenal. Still, the 18-year-old is expected to move to a club playing the Champions League, while the Gunners are not even participating in any European competition. Then there’s the price tag issue, which Arsenal might be able to afford if they channel their entire transfer budget onto one player.