Manchester City are looking to gain the upper-hand in the race for Bellingham through Haaland.
According to journalist Pete O’Rourke, Manchester City goal machine Erling Haaland has ‘tried to convince Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham to join him at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola spent more than £125million bolstering his squad during the summer transfer window, but he will be given the opportunity to splash the cash once again at the turn of the year.
As per reports to The Sun, Manchester City are convinced that they will beat Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea to Bellingham’s signature.
The report adds England international will be allowed to leave Dortmund for £83million if one of his suitors are willing to pay the fee upfront during the summer transfer window next year.
But, German media outlet Bild via Sport Witness have claimed £104million may need to be forked out after the Chelsea hierarchy have already entered discussions over Bellingham.
Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester United hoped to strike a deal before last month’s deadline, but Dortmund were unwilling to sanction his departure at that stage.
CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has previously told that Manchester City are looking to gain the upper-hand in the race for Bellingham through Haaland.
O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “I’m sure there’s no doubt that Erling Haaland has spoken to Jude Bellingham about his future and probably tried to convince him, if he does leave Dortmund, to join Manchester City.
“I think they have got a close relationship from their time together at Dortmund.”
Haaland and Bellingham made 63 appearances together at Dortmund and also provided seven goals for each other.
Bellingham’s contract will expire in three years. He has £49,000-per-week contract with Dortmund. The undesliga giants are seemingly open to parting ways in 2023.