Manchester United transfer target Jude Bellingham is on the verge of signing for Borussia Dortmund, according to reports in Germany. The Birmingham City teenager is reportedly one signature away from following in Jadon Sancho’s footsteps to the Signal Iduna Park.
Bellingham appears to be slipping out of United’s clutches.
The teenage midfielder is wanted by a host of teams, including United, Chelsea and Dortmund.
After a stellar breakout year for Birmingham, he has been linked with a move away despite being just 16 years of age.
United remain desperate to sign him, and even gave him a private tour of their Carrington training facilities in a bid to tempt him into a move.
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However, it now appears that he is set to sign for Dortmund instead.
Lucien Favre’s side were claimed to be preparing to break their club transfer record to bring him to the Bundesliga with a £35million bid.
German outlet BILD reports that all that is missing is his signature before a deal will be sealed.
If Bellingham ends up going to Dortmund, it will be the second time in six months that the Bundesliga side has beaten out United for a joint target.
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In January, the Germans signed Erling Braut Haaland from under their noses, despite the Red Devils being desperate to sign the Norwegian.
And now, they face fresh heartache, as losing out on Bellingham would be a major blow to their summer plans.
The teenage maestro has become one of the highest-rated players in the Championship, and is expected to rise through the ranks on the national scene in the coming years.
Writing in his column in The Sun, Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham predicted that the teenager can be a huge player for the Three Lions going forward.
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“There is a lot of talk linking him with Manchester United and rightly so — even if he is only 16 years old,” he wrote.
“When he first broke through at St Andrew’s he played wide in a 4-4-2 to get lots of space on the ball, now he has found his feet in the middle.
“For his age, he is unbelievably intelligent and knows where to be all the time, whether in attack or defence.
“If he continues to grow and mature then he will be THE all-round central midfielder in this country — he can do anything.”
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