Jude Bellingham Set For €35 Million Move To Borussia Dortmund
Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham could be set for a move to the Bundesliga with reports in Germany saying the teenager will make a €35 million summer move to Borussia Dortmund.
The 16-year-old broke into the Birmingham side at the beginning of the season, making his debut in a Carabao Cup game against Portsmouth, and has gone on to make 31 appearances in the Championship so far.
He has impressed enough to turn the heads of some of Europe's biggest clubs and Manchester United reportedly made a move for him in January.
Now though he looks to be moving to the continent with German outlet Bild reporting that he will move to Dortmund for a club record fee in the summer.
Bellingham's contract runs until 2021 but with so much attention on him already it's unlikely that he would stay beyond his current contract and Birmingham are likely to cash in on him this summer.
If he moved to Germany it would be a big blow for United, as well as fellow Premier League sides Chelsea and Liverpool who were also linked with him.
Dortmund's current record for a signing is the €30.5 million they paid to sign Mats Hummels back from Bayern Munich at the beginning of the season.
Breaking that record for such a young player with no experience playing at the top level might be seen as a risk for some but it is certainly a tactic that has worked for the German's in the past.
Whilst the fee for signing Jadon Sancho was only £10 million the Englishman hadn't played any senior football at the time and is now one of the hottest properties in world football and could fetch up to £100 million in the summer.
Lucian Favre's side signed fellow teenager Erling Haaland in the January transfer window for just £20 million and the Norwegian has hit the ground running since moving from Austria.
The 19-year-old has scored nine goals in seven Bundesliga appearances so far and also scored twice in his first Champions League appearance for the side, in a 2-1 win over PSG.
If Bellingham does move to Dortmund he'll be certainly going down a path well trodden for young players, and it usually works out well for them.