Jude Bellingham reportedly favours a move to Borussia Dortmund over Manchester United in the summer transfer window.
The Bundesliga giants, who have a strong reputation for developing young talent, have convinced the teenager that a move to Germany is the ideal next step in his career.
That’s according to SportBild Head of Football Christian Falk, who told UtdReport that Bellingham has already made his mind up on his move to Dortmund.
Bellingham, 17, has gained European attention for his impressive performances for Birmingham in his breakthrough season. The versatile midfielder has made 25 Championship starts for the Blues, and is at a stage of development way beyond his years.
United’s interest in the teenager has been no secret, either. As noted by the Telegraph in March, Bellingham has already visited the club’s Carrington training facility with his parents as part of a charm offensive that included a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson.
But the club’s persuasive techniques appear to have failed and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could miss out on a generational talent.
Not all is lost in the Bellingham chase as United could change his mind with an eleventh hour approach. But Bellingham would likely be getting game-time straight away in Germany and his path to the first-team at United would be less clear given Solskjaer’s plethora of midfield options.