MANCHESTER UNITED are likely to miss out on Jude Bellingham, with the teenage starlet’s father preferring a transfer to Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.
The 16-year-old has been on the Red Devils’ radar all season, having burst onto the scene at Birmingham City back in August.
He would appear to fit United’s bill perfectly, as an exciting young British talent.
But according to The Mirror, the midfielder’s father Mark believes that a move to Borussia Dortmund would be better for Jude’s “football education”.
The player’s camp are keen for him to continue getting regular exposure to first-team football, even after stepping up a level.
Since making his senior Blues debut in the League Cup back in August, Bellingham has racked up 35 appearances in total for Pep Clotet’s side – despite not turning 17 until later this month.
While getting first-team minutes at Old Trafford immediately would seem a tall order, there may be more of a quick path to playing time in the Bundesliga.
Jadon Sancho would seem the obvious example of a teenage star getting ample first-team opportunities over the last couple of seasons at BVB – but he is not the only one.
At 17, Gio Reyna has been making significant waves for Lucien Favre’s side this season – while teenage import Erling Haaland has also made incredible strides in a short period of time.
Chelsea star Christian Pulisic was another to be trusted early on, making his Dortmund debut at just 17 as well.
Despite Bellingham having not committed to signing his first professional contract with Blues in three weeks time, the Championship side are believed to be relaxed about the situation.
Release figures over a potential transfer, dependent on first-team appearances, are believed to have been inserted into his current scholarship contract.
Which will guarantee Birmingham a handsome fee for their star asset, whether or not he signs a pro deal.
With Bellingham looking more likely to head to Signal Iduna Park, Man United will focus on other targets.
Securing Jadon Sancho’s signature has long been their priority.
But should the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic make it impossible to commit to a nine-figure transfer fee this summer – the Red Devils could shift their attention toward Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish.