Manchester United’s hopes of signing Birmingham City teenager Jude Bellingham has been given a boost.
The 16 year old was thought to be close to agreeing a move to Borussia Dortmund, following in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, with the German side ready to offer him the chance of regular first-team football, something he would have to wait for with a Premier League side.
However, with Birmingham demanding a fee of £31.3 million for the midfielder, there are now doubts as to whether they can afford him. They are only prepared to buy him for £18 million, a price difference that could give Manchester United the chance to step in for a player they have long coveted.
Earlier this year United tried to woo Bellingham and his parents with a private tour of their training ground at Carrington, and they could now get the chance to add him to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for next season.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.