Legendary Arsenal scout Francis Cagigao reveals Gunners had two bids for England star Jude Bellingham turned down by Birmingham when he was 15

Arsenal would have been watching Jude Bellingham’s performance against Iran with a sense of regret having had two bids rejected for the midfielder. That is according to the club’s legendary scout Francis Cagigao who has stated the Gunners failed to sign him when he was 15. GettyBellingham was reportedly the subject of two failed bids from Arsenal when he was 15[/caption] In what was the year before his breakthrough season at Birmingham, Arsenal looked to steal a march on their rivals in the race to snap up the starlet. But a deal couldn’t be reached with the Blues, with Bellingham, 19, eventually departing St Andrew’s in 2020 for Borussia Dortmund. He has since become one of Europe’s top talents, where he showcased his class in the Three Lions’ 6-2 World Cup group stage win against Iran on Monday. His header in the rout saw him become England’s second youngest goalscorer at a World Cup. And his dazzling display has proved just why Arsenal were desperate to bring him to the Emirates. Cagigao, who was instrumental in the club signing the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Hector Bellerin, Alexander Hleb, Robin van Persie and Santi Cazorla, thought Bellingham had what it took to go to the top when he was just 15. YouTube/Real Federación Española FútbolFormer Gunners scout Cagigao has lauded Borussia Dortmund ace Bellingham[/caption] Most read in football ARABIAN NIGHTMARE Argentina 1-2 Saudi Arabia: Messi and co stunned in huge World Cup shock blockbuster Souness and Keane in heated exchange as legends clash over Argentina penalty HEARTWARMING Grealish delights young fan as he delivers on promise of World Cup celebration ALL CLEAR Harry Maguire: Man United defender fit to face USA despite Iran withdrawal road England's possible route to Qatar 2022 World Cup final with dates and times confirmed CHAOS 'Families screaming' as riot police deployed to Doha fan park during World Cup opener Arsenal’s former head of global scouting, now Chile’s sports director, told La Voz de Galacia: “Jude is a footballer I’ve known since he was 15, when he was at Birmingham. “At Arsenal we even made an offer for him… on two occasions. “His football growth at Borussia Dortmund has been as expected. He is a very complete footballer, with an impressive physical display. “But there is no need to push him at this time. Bellingham scored England’s opener in their 6-2 win against Iran on Monday “Although he has personality and character, he must continue to improve his decision-making on the field.” And it’s not just Arsenal that tried and failed to secure the services of Bellingham, with Frank Lampard revealing he wanted him at Chelsea. Speaking to KEEPUP, Lampard said: “He’s crucial for England – an outstanding talent. “He’s more experienced and talented than his years show – to do what he’s done at the top level already. “I tried to sign him when I was at Chelsea, unfortunately that didn’t happen, I tried to sign him and Declan Rice.” talkSPORT World Cup 2022 Coverage talkSPORT will be offering wall-to-wall coverage of the 2022 World Cup We’ll be broadcasting all 64 games in the tournament live, with over 600 hours of coverage across our network. You can tune in to talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 via our free online streaming service at talkSPORT.com. talkSPORT is widely available across the UK via DAB digital radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM. You can also download the talkSPORT app, or ask your smart speaker to play talkSPORT.

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