Borussia Dortmund confident they can beat Manchester United to a deal for Birmingham star Jude Bellingham despite impact of coronavirus crisis
- Borussia Dortmund are front-runners in chase for Birmingham’s Jude Bellingham
- Man United also want the youngster who has visited their training complex
- It is thought Dortmund are keen to press ahead with their move for Bellingham
- Jadon Sancho’s progress in Germany has had a big impact on 16-year-old
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The Bundesliga club were competing with Manchester United to sign Bellingham, who does not turn 17 until June 29, at the end of the season, and were confident of winning the race.
The Covid-19 pandemic has already had a huge impact on the finances of football, which is likely only to increase: Dortmund were among the clubs whose players offered to take a short-term pay cut in the absence of competitive football, though the Bundesliga had hoped to resume matches behind closed doors from next month.
Birmingham youngster Jude Bellingham is wanted by host of top European clubs this summer
Borussia Dortmund are said to be confident they can complete a deal for the 16-year-old
Yet despite the circumstances, it is thought Dortmund are keen to press ahead with their move for Bellingham, whenever clubs are permitted to trade players again. Bellingham earns just £145 a week as a scholar at St Andrew’s, where he has been the outstanding young player in the Championship in 2019-20.
Dortmund have built a strong reputation as the ideal club for the best young players. England winger Jadon Sancho has thrived since moving to Germany from Manchester City in 2018, while Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland has made a flying start to his career there.
After a single campaign at Dortmund following his move from Rennes, French attacker Ousmane Dembele joined Barcelona for an initial £91million (€105m) in summer 2017.
The progress Sancho has made in Germany, where he has become one of the world’s most valuable players, is thought to have had a particular impact on Bellingham.
Bellingham currently earns just £145 a week at Birmingham and is likely to move on soon
Bellingham is said to be impressed by the progress Jadon Sancho (left) has made in Germany