Manchester United did not have the best of summer transfer windows. While capturing Donny van de Beek was seen as a real coup, United ultimately missed out on their No.1 target – Jadon Sancho.
There was also another player who slipped their fingers as he snubbed United for a move to Borussia Dortmund.
Jude Bellingham attracted plenty of attention last season at Birmingham at just the age of 16.
His talent undeniably good and his potential frightening. Manchester United were interested.
In a bid to lure Bellingham to the club, the midfielder had a private tour of the club's facilities with both Sir Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona present.
But despite United pulling out all the stops the teenager chose Dortmund.
Reports surfaced that Bellingham's concerns over a move to United centralised on game time. These have so far been justified with him making five senior appearances for the Bundesliga giants this season.
And when asked about choosing Dortmund the U21 England star said the decision was easy.
“The hardest thing about leaving Birmingham was because I had been there so long." he told Sky Sports.
“It felt like they were a massive part of me, being a fan and then working all the way through the academy and playing for the first team.
“I think in life you have to take opportunities, and this is a huge one for me to come and play for such a big club.
“It wasn’t a hard decision for me to come here.”
It is perhaps even more devastating for United fans to now hear that he is already held in such high regard by his team-mates.
Erling Haaland, another United linked player who moved to Dortmund, has compared the midfielder to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
While unveiling his FIFA 21 rating in a new video, the striker twice calls Bellingham "The new Stevie G".
Haaland isn't the only one impressed with Bellingham, Dortmund boss Lucien Favre has also spoken highly of the youngster.
"First and foremost, I am interested in playing intelligence," the Dortmund boss told Swiss news agency Keystone-SDA.
"With someone like Bellingham, I don't look at the date of birth. He has the technical skills and a feel for space. That's why it's easy for me to work with such a talent.
"Of course I'm happy to be working with a player like him. During pre-season, I've already got to know him better. I like the way he handles the ball, how he defends it.
"Jude gives us many tactical possibilities and has an amazing presence. He can play as a number six or number eight, is a good passer, tries to put himself in a finishing position. With him, different systems are possible. It's all very, very interesting."
There may have been little more United could have done to lure Bellingham to Old Trafford. But it seems yet another young talent has slipped away from the club.
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