According to a fresh report from ESPN, it has been reported that Manchester United have lost the race to the signature of 16-years-old Birmingham prodigy Jude Bellingham after Borussia Dortmund’s bid of around £20 million was reportedly accepted by the English club Birmingham City.
Bellingham cannot officially sign a professional contract until he turns 17, which will be on June 29.
Early this season, at the age of 16 years and 38 days, Bellingham became Birmingham City’s youngest ever first team player when he started the EFL Cup first round visit to Portsmouth, breaking the record set by Trevor Francis at the age of 16 years and 139 days in 1970.
Bellingham began to be eased into the team, playing the left wing position, then was later moved into central midfield, where he began to gain confidence and comfortable. Then he was eventually moved into a more advanced role where he can have more influence on the game.
According to head coach Pep Clotet, Bellingham himself “feels more comfortable in midfield, and more comfortable when he can get closer to the opposition box.”
The 16-year-old prodigy has had a bid for his signature turned down by his club in January 2020; on deadline day, as Birmingham reportedly rejected a £20 million bid from Manchester United.
Pep Clotet, the coach of highly sort after teenager Bellingham had warned several suitors especially the Red Devils concerning the probable increase of interest in the teenager when the summer transfer opens if they fail to come up with a more convincing bid for the youngster quickly.
But now with ESPN latest revelation, this will come as a huge blow to the Red Devils after so much hope on landing the Birmingham prodigy but eventually lost to German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund. Manchester United will now have to set there focus on other targets to consolidate their loss before they are being hijacked.