Manchester United look set to continue with their recently developed transfer policy in the next two windows.
The Premier League club signed British 21-year olds Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James last summer in what was seen a significant departure from the star-hunting policy of old. Now, per the Telegraph, they will continue with this approach as Mike Phelan was sent to watch Birmingham's teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham against West Brom last weekend.
They are not alone in tracking the 16-year old, who has started the last 13 games for the Championship club.
Under Ed Woodward's reign, Man United had seemed to target big-name deals but last summer signalled a new approach. Per the Independent, they even turned down the possibility of securing Neymar when he was offered to the club, with a swap for Paul Pogba or straight transfer deal both touted.
Woodward hinted at this approach in an interview with the National last October. Then he said their goal was “winning; playing attacking football with players that have an ‘x-factor’ and giving youth a chance."
The club have been heavily linked with 19-year old Erling Braut Håland. However, Red Bull Leipzig head of soccer Oliver Mintzlaff told Sport1 his side are also interested in the player and they are not alone.
"It is not easy. There's Manchester United, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund. There are a few other clubs as well."
Meanwhile, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained he has final say over any of these potential deals.
No one comes in the door without me saying yes. It has to be that way, even though signing players is a process involving other members of staff.
I don’t really speak to agents, because I have nothing to do with the money side of it, but the final decision on who becomes a Manchester United player will be mine.