The latest reports spreading across the English media suggest that Manchester United have tabled an opening bid for highly-regarded Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham.
Bellingham, a 16-year-old midfielder, came up through Birmingham’s youth ranks.
The English youth international had been viewed as one of the finest talents on the books at St. Andrew’s for some time, eventually resulting in Bellingham, despite his tender years, being introduced to the club’s first-team setup ahead of the current campaign.
And to say that the teen has since gone on to impress at senior level would be putting it lightly.
Incredibly, Bellingham has featured in 23 of Birmingham’s 27 Championship fixtures to this point in the campaign.
The midfielder has even chipped in with 3 goals in the process.
Jude Bellingham has started 15 of Birmingham’s 23 games this season 👏
He’s been scouted by Man United, Bayern Munich and more 👀
And he doesn’t turn 17 until June 🤯pic.twitter.com/iEK5eSo0xu
— Goal (@goal) December 23, 2019
Old Trafford bound?
As such, Bellingham’s impressive, but above all mature displays at the heart of the Blues’ midfield this season have inevitably resulted in speculation of late that he has been added to the respective wishlists of a number of English football’s giants.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Duncan Castles of the Daily Record, one club today appear to have stolen a march on the competition for the teen’s signature.
The outfit in question? Manchester United.
It is claimed that the Red Devils have tabled a hefty £25 million bid for Bellingham, as work towards a ‘cultural reboot’ continues at Old Trafford:
Manchester United continue ‘cultural reboot’ with £25m offer for teenage midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Bruno Fernandes pushes Sporting to agree deal. #BCFC https://t.co/4tZhPkgPZF pic.twitter.com/VWRIFixmBy
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) January 17, 2020
Castles’ report comes just days after the Mirror claimed that United had lodged a £12.5 million opening bid for Birmingham’s crown jewel.