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Manchester City Tipped To Win The Race For This Borussia Dortmund Talent: Dream Signing For Pep?

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In a recent interview with Give Me Sport, transfer insider Dean Jones tipped Manchester City to win the race for Borussia Dortmund talent Jude Bellingham. Jones said,

“Not only do they (Man City) have the trophy cabinet to show him (Bellingham) from the past few years, but they can also run him through the blueprint that Pep is setting out as he redefines the team under this agreement that he signed to extend his contract until 2025.”

Bellingham’s Rich Vein Of Form For Dortmund and England This Season

Bellingham has produced a series of influential displays at the centre of Dortmund’s midfield and even managed to catch the eye when representing England in the 2022 FIFA World Cup recently. The 19-year-old has registered ten goals and five assists in 32 matches for both his club and country this season across all fronts.

The former Birmingham City youngster has proven his worth as a consistent performer for Dortmund at the centre of the park by averaging 3.2 tackles, 1.4 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 2.1 shots, 1.0 key passes and 2.0 dribbles per game in Bundesliga. He has even been tidy when distributing the ball from midfield, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 82.5% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Etihad Stadium
Etihad Stadium

Is Bellingham A Dream Signing For Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola?

Bellingham is a solid tackler of the ball and can sense the danger quickly to earn the ball back for his team in the middle of the park. He usually puts his foot through the ball when needed and can even engineer some clear-cut chances for his teammates to find the back of the net.

The Three Lions star is primarily a central midfielder but can also operate as a wide player if asked to do so. He is an accurate distributor of the ball and can contribute by scoring and creating his fair share of goals in the final third. Bellingham can also complete some dangerous dribbles with the ball from midfield.

The talented teenager is already a complete package and would enhance the quality of Man City‘s midfield considerably if Pep Guardiola can devise a way to win the race for his services. He could even help the Mancunian giants compete for even more major trophies over the next decade. All in all, Bellingham would be a dream signing for Guardiola as long as he can make a smooth transition to life at the Etihad Stadium.

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