This might be seen as a little bit ‘money grabbing’, but given the situation the club is in, I don’t think we can really afford not to.
According to a report in The Daily Mail, Chelsea are another club that have entered the race to try and sign Jude Bellingham away from us, and really ramped up the pressure when trying to sign him before football was brought to a halt because of the Coronavirus outbreak.
And whilst the report later states that they have put their plans on the backburner for now as the club tries to focus on more important things, I think that there is something positive to be gained out of this news, especially when football does eventually resume and things get back to normal, particularly when it comes to the January transfer window.
Whilst Bellingham has been valued at £30m by the club, the fact that we now have another club wanting to enter the fray can only be a good thing, because with a little bit of luck, it might incentivise the Blues to drop their valuation and turn it into a bidding war instead. Rather than let him choose which club he wants to go to, why don’t we try to get every penny that we can out of him.
Should the club turn the Bellingham transfer saga into a bidding war, even at this late stage?
Now obviously there’s more to it than that, as I have said before, if we want what is best for Bellingham’s future and development on the off chance that we might be able to bring him back to the club someday, then that should play a part in the decision as well.
But if we can serve both purposes at the same time, say by dragging the fee up to £35m or £40m and then letting him go to whatever club we feel is best, then that’s surely an option that the club should be considering.
Let’s not limit ourselves to having to settle for a fee, let’s switch things up and go for an upper level rather than the lower one.