Blues midfielder poised to become most expensive 17-year-old in world football at £26m
Last Updated: 16/07/20 6:21pm
Jude Bellingham has completed a medical at Borussia Dortmund ahead of his proposed transfer there from Birmingham City.
Although Bellingham has not signed a professional contract with the Blues, it is understood they will receive a transfer fee in excess of £26m.
The Championship side are due a guaranteed £25m up front and “several millions more” depending on appearances, achievements and milestones.
Bellingham left Birmingham airport on Thursday morning on a private jet to fly to Germany, and was not required to quarantine because of the travel corridor between the UK and Germany.
Borussia Dortmund appear keen to keep Bellingham away from German media. The club had four cars waiting for the plane – and all four drove off in different directions, hoping to keep his whereabouts a secret.
The Bundesliga club have courted the midfielder, who turned 17 in June, for more than two years, amid stiff competition from most of Europe’s top teams, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and, most notably, Manchester United.
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The England U17 skipper has chosen Dortmund due to the club’s long history of developing young talent and their policy of giving them the chance to play in the Bundesliga.
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