Chelsea are reportedly set to battle it out with Manchester United for the signature of teenage sensation Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City.
Many of Europe’s elite are understood to be keeping close tabs on the 16-year-old, with Spanish super giants Real Madrid and Barcelona even interested in Bellingham.
The England youth international is enjoying a blockbuster first season in senior football having made his debut back in August.
Bellingham has spelled out his significance to the Blues with more than 30 appearances already this term, and has been an ever-present in the Championship since his debut at the end of the summer.
So impressive has he been, the Sun report that clubs are now willing to shell out as much as £50m for Birmingham’s youngest-ever player.
Leading the charge are Premier League duo Manchester United and Chelsea, though a host of other top flight sides have previously been credited with interest.
It’s thought clubs would pay an initial £35m to Birmingham for Bellingham, with a further £15m coming in add-ons.
Birmingham’s Jude Bellingham is still in his first season of senior football
(Image: TIM EASTHOPE/BIRMINGHAM MAIL)
That would make the Blues’ no. 22 the most expensive 16-year-old ever, and one of the most pricey teenagers of all-time.
Used across the midfield and even up front, Bellingham is yet to establish his primary position.
But the youngster has showed he has an eye for goal with four to his name, also setting up a further three with Birmingham landlocked in mid-table in the second tier.
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Should United manage to get their hands on Bellingham, the report insists that it would not affect their other pursuits for top English talent.
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