Chelsea and Manchester United want to sign Jude Bellingham this summer and are scouting the Birmingham star.
The 16-year-old has been regarded as the next big thing in English football and has earmarked as the country’s biggest talent since Wayne Rooney.
A number of clubs have taken an interest in the teenager, who cannot sign a professional contract until this summer.
He still earns £110-a-week despite being a first-team regular at St. Andrew’s.
The youngster has made 31 appearances this season, scoring four and assisting three.
But it is his style of play that has caught the eye and possesses great technical ability beyond his years.
The England Under-17 international can play across the whole midfield, even on the wings, and has been touted for stardom.
United made advances for the teenager in January but a deal could not be reached.
According to Sky Sports, his price could go up to £50m and after his Old Trafford move fell through Chelsea have not got involved.
Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol: “Bellingham is a player we talked a lot about in January.
United and Chelsea both want Jude Bellingham
“16-year-old Jude Bellingham is supposed to be the best young player since Wayne Rooney, every big club in Europe is trying to sign him from Birmingham City.
“Incredibly, he is only on £145-per-week at the moment because he is not allowed to sign a professional contract until the summer.
“Chelsea are trying to sign him, Manchester United have made a big, big effort to try and get him in January, but had bids turned down.
“Birmingham would prefer a deal whereby they could keep him on loan next season.
“Again, I think he could cost anywhere between £35m and £50m, but he is a player for the future.
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“He would have great potential, great resale value, and that is why Chelsea are one of the clubs that are trying to sign him.”