MANCHESTER CITY have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in a three-way transfer battle for Jude Bellingham, reports say.
The midfield starlet, who was part of England’s heroic Euros squad this summer, has emerged as one of the hottest prospects in Europe.
Chelsea and United were amomg the clubs linked with Bellingham last year, before he joined Borussia Dortmund for £25million.
The Blues are believed to still be interested alongside Liverpool.
But now, according to the Daily Star, Premier League champions City are the latest to keep tabs on the 18-year-old.
It comes with manager Pep Guardiola looking for a long-term successor to Brazilian anchorman Fernandinho.
Fernandinho, 36, is coming towards the end of his one-year contract and already has Rodri, 25, ahead of him in the pecking order.
SunSport already revealed West Ham’s Declan Rice, 22, is another alternative Guardiola has in mind.
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Fellow England midfielder Kalvin Phillips has also been linked with a move to the Etihad.
Bellingham, who has made 52 senior Dortmund appearances including ten in the Champions League, is said to be rated at £85m.
And Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly been plotting a club-record move for him, which would surpass the £75m they paid for Virgil van Dijk, 30, in 2018.
Liverpool are looking to replace Georginio Wijnaldum, 30, in the heart of their midfield with a statement signing after the Dutchman left for PSG.
Chelsea meanwhile, were said to be exploring the possibility of signing former Birmingham star Bellingham in January.
That is despite bringing in Saul Niguez, 26, on deadline day from Atletico Madrid on an initial loan.
Chelsea’s midfield already boasts of N’Golo Kante, 30, Jorginho, 29, Mateo Kovacic, 27, as well as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 25, and Ross Barkley, 27.