Borussia Dortmund are understood to have finalised the signing of teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City, according to German outlet Bild.
Bellingham has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season with Birmingham in the Championship this term and he has registered four goals and three assists from 35 appearances.
On June 29, the youngster became eligible to sign a professional contract after turning 17 and it appears that Dortmund have moved quickly to land his services ahead of their European rivals.
The Bundesliga outfit have agreed a training compensation fee of around £20.7m with Birmingham and Bellingham is set to put pen-to-paper on a five-year contract following a series of medical tests.
Bellingham is a central midfielder by trade, but he is also capable of playing further forward in a wide attacking position and has done so on a number of occasions this season.
Manchester United and Chelsea were previously credited with an interest in the teenager and the former were reported to be leading the race after giving the player a tour of their Carrington training complex in March.
However, Dortmund appear to have been monitoring the youngster’s progress even prior to his first-team debut for the Blues and they have now reportedly secured his signature.
Dortmund have yet to make a formal announcement and it remains to be seen whether the deal is kept under wraps until the conclusion of the regular Championship season later this month.
Bellingham is set to become Dortmund’s second signing of the summer transfer window following the arrival of Thomas Meunier on a free transfer after his Paris Saint-Germain contract expired.
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