Borussia Dortmund Set to 'Win Race' for Manchester United Target Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham
Jude Bellingham is one of English football's most coveted assets | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund have convinced Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham to sign for them over Manchester United - according to information from ESPN Germany.

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The 16-year-old has exploded onto the scene at Birmingham this season, and has already made 36 senior appearances, despite the fact he is not eligible for professional terms until his 17th birthday on June 29.

Bellingham has been targeted in chief by Dortmund and United
Bellingham has been targeted in chief by Dortmund and United | Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images

United and Dortmund had emerged as the two main contenders for his signature, though reports have also thrown Chelsea in the mix in recent days.

Sources have informed 90min in recent months that United have been confident of securing his signature. The club showed the player and his family around their Carrington training complex in a bid to secure the signing, though Dortmund have been doing their own work on the transfer themselves in the mean time.

ESPN in Germany now report that a decision has been made, with Dortmund the beneficiaries. Their track record in developing young players - the likes of Jadon Sancho, who could leave the club for United this summer, and Erling Haaland among them - could have played its part in Bellingham's choice.

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It would be the second major coup for Dortmund over United in the space of a few months, as both clubs were in the running for Haaland before his choice to move to Germany.

The report suggests that Dortmund will make the announcement of the signing in the coming days, for a training compensation fee in the region of £20m.

United had hoped to make the player a part of their first team set up next season as they look to replace the likes of midfielder Nemanja Matic in the long term, with interest also shown in bringing the player's younger brother, Jobe, into the academy.