lastwordonfootball: Jude Bellingham is attracting interest from top European clubs. Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea were reportedly interested in signing Bellingham this summer.
However, Dortmund is in be in pole position to sign the talented midfielder from Birmingham for a fee in the region of £30 million. Bellingham’s contract with Birmingham expires in June 2021 but a transfer to Dortmund this summer appears to be close.
The 16-year-old would suit Dortmund’s philosophy of buying and developing younger players. The Bundesliga club already has English forward Jadon Sancho (19), American Giovanni Reyna (17) and striker Erling Haaland (19) in their ranks.
The fee would be Dortmund’s second-highest-paid for a player. Dortmund paid £33 million for defender Mats Hummels in 2019.
Why is there interest in Bellingham?
Bellingham broke into the first team at Birmingham this season under Pep Clotet. He scored four goals and provided three assists and is a regular for the Blues, making 31 appearances so far.
The Birmingham academy graduate scored two in his first two starts for the club earlier in the season, including the winner in the 1-0 win over Charlton in September.
Since then, the teenager is a regular feature of Pep Clotet’s side. He shows a maturity to his game, often working back to defend, winning the ball back and distributing the ball well for his side.
Bellingham also shows his adaptability to play anywhere in midfield this season. The talented youngster is mostly played across the midfield by Clotet but has filled in as a defensive and attacking midfielder when required.
Source: Published by lastwordonfootball