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How close were Man Utd to signing Jude Bellingham? Plus EXCLUSIVE updates on N'Golo Kante, Rafael Leao, and more

Where do YOU think Jude Bellingham will end up next summer? Let me know in the comments!

The latest on Jude Bellingham’s future - and how close was he to joining Man Utd before Borussia Dortmund?

What’s next for Jude Bellingham? Firstly, many Real Madrid fans and Liverpool fans were dreaming of him this summer, but it was impossible - Dortmund were very clear that there would be no negotiation. It’s not about the price, they just didn’t want to sell this summer. They will also try to keep him in summer 2023, but next summer it’s going to be a crazy, crazy race.

My sources tell me - get ready. The Bellingham race will be between many top clubs, it will be similar to the Erling Haaland race. Liverpool need a new midfielder, so they will try, for sure. Real Madrid are also looking for midfielders, they’ve been following Bellingham for a long time. In England, Man City and Man United have also been following him for a long time.

There was a lot of speculation about him nearly moving to Old Trafford earlier in his career, but honestly, it was never close between Man United and Bellingham in the past. They were interested alongside many other clubs including Premier League sides and Juventus, but he only wanted Borussia Dortmund as the perfect step for his future - in my opinion, a very smart call.

No progress on N’Golo Kante contract talks

The agreement between Kante and Chelsea for a new contract is absolutely not close. The problem is the length of the contract, but so far even the salary is not yet on the same point.

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