Manchester United and Chelsea could hold an advantage over Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the transfer race for Jude Bellingham. The Birmingham City teenager has impressed this season and is expected to make a move in the summer.
All four clubs have matched the £15m and rising to £30m with achievement-related add-ons valuation the Championship has set.
But the Mirror say Bellingham’s family have one big thing to consider which could sway a move to United or Chelsea ahead of the Bundesliga giants.
Jude has a younger brother, Jobe, who is also part of the Birmingham academy and picked up his second Under-15 England cap recently.
Bellingham would likely pocket a deal worth £2.5m-a-year if he did move to Germany.
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But his parents would need to decide if that was best for his younger brother if the whole family were to relocate.
Bellingham has been sensational this season at just 16 years old in making 32 Championship appearances, netting four goals and providing three assists.
Birmingham will be very happy with pocketing £15m in the summer immediately.
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And fans would not be too upset at Bellingham moving on to fulfil his potential.
Birmingham boss Pep Clotet has praised Bellingham’s professionalism, but insisted the youngster cannot begin to start to think about his future yet.
“I always thought he is very mature and very focused – but he has to be,” Clotet said.
“Because he cannot be thinking about other things than Birmingham City – and I am sure he is only thinking about Birmingham City.
“That’s the feeling I get from him, when I speak to him and work with him.”
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Bellingham became Birmingham’s youngest player when he made his full debut aged just 16 years and 38 days old and in the process broke the record set by club legend Trevor Francis in 1970.
It then only took him a couple of weeks to become the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer, when he found the back of the net during their 2-1 win over Stoke City.
United are expected to be very busy in the transfer window with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Harry Kane linked.
But Bellingham would be a star for the future and a signing in the same ilk as Daniel James from Swansea last summer.
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