Man Utd Remain in Race to Sign Jude Bellingham - Dortmund Still Confident of Deal

07 March 2020 10:54

​Manchester United are preparing to slog it out with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer of Jude Bellingham - weeks after the Bundesliga club beat them in the race for Erling Haaland's signature. 

The 16-year-old has been a regular for Birmingham City this season, taking part in all but five of their Championship games. 

Jude Bellingham,Liam Walsh

Operating in a central or right midfield berth and even occasionally as a number ten, Bellingham is the Blues' youngest ever scorer and appearance maker. He has found the back of the net on four occasions this term while also racking up three assists. 

Interest in the England Under-17 star is unsurprising and it appears that Dortmund and United have now ​overtaken Liverpool at the front of the queue for his signature. 

Earlier this week a source told 90min that Birmingham have ​yet to receive a concrete offer for their young star. ​The Athletic are now claiming that the Blues have an 'agreement' in place with Dortmund for the transfer, but the nature of this concurrence - whether it is casual or set in stone - is not explicitly stated.

BVB are said to be confident that they can tie up a deal, though United - who have been scouting the midfielder since August 2017 - remain determined to not lose out on another exciting prospect to the German side. 

Jude Bellingham

The fee involved in any future move is complicated by the fact that Bellingham is still on a scholars contract at St Andrews, although the Athletic report states that a pre-agreed deal means he will turn professional on his 17th birthday in June. 

Players younger than this can be transferred for nominal fees decided by a tribunal. For instance, in 2017 a then 16-year-old Jadon Sancho moved to Dortmund, with ​Manchester City being afforded just £8m in compensation

Bellingham is unlikely to follow a similar route. As reported by 90min, his father is eager for Birmingham to receive a significant financial windfall for his son's services as recompense for aiding his development over the years

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Source: 90min