Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell believes Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham would be a perfect partner for Thomas Partey in the heart of the Gunners’ midfield.
The 18-year-old has scored six goals and provided 12 assists in 34 appearances for Dortmund this season, and Campbell feels the young Englishman would add the creativity that Arsenal need in the middle of the park:
“Quality player. Someone who’s got legs, who fits in with the youth element, who’s got big capacity to grow as well. He’s of that standard that he’s already a full England international. That really fits our bill and ticks the box. We do lack goals from the midfield.”
“[With] Thomas Partey, we don’t want to put goals on him because we know what his shooting’s like at times. The other player who plays with him who then tends to move a bit further forward has to be able to get in the box and score some goals for us. Has to be a little bit more creative. Jude Bellingham, you see him at Dortmund, he’s added that to his game.”
You can’t fault Campbell for his ambition but signing Bellingham this summer does look pretty unlikely at the moment. Dortmund have reportedly slapped a £90m price tag on the England international.
On top of that, the player is attracting interest from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United so the Gunners would have a job on their hands to beat the competition for the player’s signature.
Arsenal would also have to finish in the top four in order to persuade Bellingham into moving away from Dortmund, where he is almost guaranteed to be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.