Jude Bellingham is reportedly on his way to Borussia Dortmund despite Manchester United’s best efforts to woo the Birmingham teen sensation.
The 16-year-old has long been coveted by United and was earlier this year given a tour of the club’s Carrington training complex by Sir Alex Ferguson.
But according to SportBild’s Head of Football Christian Falk he has chosen a move to Germany ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, as told to United Report.
United had been growing increasingly confident of snaring the teenage midfielder from St Andrew’s after launching a charm offensive in recent months.
According to The Sun, Bellingham was ‘blown away’ by his tour of United’s Carrington training complex in March after holding talks with the club.
Bellingham met Sir Alex Ferguson as well as the club’s transfer guru, Matt Judge, before being escorted around Carrington along with his parents.
An Old Trafford source said: ‘We felt that he was blown away with what he was shown and what was said to him by all.
‘We believe he was impressed with what we can offer. We have a duty of care to young players and want to develop them.’
But it appears that Dortmund’s track record of taking young stars and handing them immediate first-team opportunities has swayed Bellingham.
Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland have both become the fulcrum of Lucien Favre’s side this season.
Sportsmail reported last week that Bellingham is set to stay in the midlands for the rest of the season despite a contract situation that means he can sign professional terms on his 17th birthday on June 29 – nine days after the Championship gets back underway.
Bellingham is currently earning just £145-a-week at Birmingham but stands to earn a reported £60,000 a week on offer at Dortmund.
Losing out on Bellingham would represent a significant blow for United boss Solskjaer, who had been hoping to splash the cash in a bid for extra reinforcements this summer.
Bellingham has made 35 appearances in his breakout season for the Championship side, scoring four times.
His form and talent has aroused the interest of a host of European clubs, including Chelsea, who are primed to bring in Timo Werner for £53million.