Arsenal legend David Seaman has weighed in on the prospect of Jude Bellingham moving to the Emirates next summer. The teenager has already impressed in a starting role on the 2022 World Cup, with top clubs from around Europe queueing as much as attempt to sign him from Borussia Dortmund.
Before this season, Arsenal directly competing with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City within the transfer market would have been considered virtually unimaginable. But Mikel Arteta has finally got an efficient tune from his squad in north London, they usually’re currently five points clear at the highest of the Premier League.
Signing the 19-year-old could be a blockbuster technique to solve their depth issue in midfield, while their high-flying status means a big-money move will not be entirely out of the query. Bellingham shone in England’s World Cup opener against Iran last week, scoring his first major tournament goal in an emphatic 6-2 win.
His performance within the goalless draw with USA was more subdued, but Bellingham stays in high demand ahead of an anticipated transfer tug-of-war next summer.
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If Arsenal do formally join the £130million race for Bellingham, they might should make up ground on Liverpool and Madrid, who’re considered by many to be the front-runners. Manchester United have also scouted the midfielder extensively, while Manchester City can provide him with the allure of working under Pep Guardiola and alongside former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland.
Despite Bellingham’s blatant promise, some England fans are calling for a midfield reshuffle after a lacklustre display against the USA. James Maddison is among the many players vying for major tournament minutes, but Seaman reckons that Gareth Southgate should handle the injured Leicester City star cautiously.
“His role on the tournament will rely upon how his injury is,” he added. “That’s an important thing. Don’t forget, you’ve got Kyle Walker to return back in as well. With Maddison, it’s only a case of constructing sure he’s ready when he is available in.
“He can come on and affect games. You’ve also got Kalvin Phillips who can provide something more defensively. But with Maddison you’ve got that option of attacking, putting him on set pieces. He’s inclusion within the squad but you’ve got to ensure he’s fit at the start.”