Jude Bellingham is near finishing a record-breaking switch to Borussia Dortmund.
The Birmingham City midfielder, who solely turned 17 final month, has reportedly handed his medical in Germany and signed a contract with BVB value a reported £3million per yr.
Manchester United had performed their finest to persuade the starlet to decide on them, inviting him to their coaching floor earlier this yr the place he was met by legendary supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson.
However Bellingham has as a substitute selected a transfer to Dortmund, who’ve agreed a cope with Birmingham understood to be value in extra of £25m.
Bellingham will develop into the most costly 17-year-old in world soccer when the switch is formally introduced.
The England Underneath-17 worldwide has thrived for Birmingham in a breakthrough season, scoring 4 targets and registering two assists in 42 appearances.
He’ll hope to have the identical success as Jadon Sancho, who swapped Man City for Dortmund on the age of 17 three years in the past.
The England ahead, 20, has gone on to develop into one of many world’s finest younger abilities and had a formidable 33 objective contributions in simply 32 Bundesliga video games final season.
Now, Sancho, who’s valued at round £100m, continues to be closely linked with a big-money summer season transfer to Manchester United.
David Dodds, a former expertise ID supervisor for England’s youth sides, insists Bellingham is ‘pretty much as good as something I’ve ever seen’.
He mentioned: “He’s obtained all the pieces. The way in which he strikes; his technical means.
“He’s extremely vibrant by way of soccer intelligence, tactical means, tactical information, realizing what to do, the place to be.
“Nearly as good as something I’ve ever seen, comfortably.”