Jude Bellingham visits Man Utd training ground as Birmingham City midfielder eyes summer move
The 16-year-old has been linked with a host of clubs in the Premier League and in Europe; United made £30m bid for Bellingham in January
By James Cooper
Last Updated: 10/03/20 8:01am
Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham has been at Manchester United's Carrington training ground, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to sign the 16-year-old this summer, Sky Sports News can confirm.
United have been monitoring the teenager's progress with the Blues for some time and are keen to bring him to Old Trafford.
Bellingham was accompanied by his parents and the visit comes in the wake of Sunday's Manchester derby which featured the club's newest recruits Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in Solskjaer's side's 2-0 win.
Birmingham have given academy graduate Bellingham permission to meet with interested clubs, with United hoping Monday's discussions will put them ahead of a chasing pack, which includes Borussia Dortmund, in the race for the midfielder's signature.
United made a bid in excess of £30m for the box-to-box midfielder during the January transfer window.
The Championship club are not commenting on Bellingham's visit to United's training ground.
The Stourbridge-born youngster made his England U15 debut aged just 13 and is being hailed as one of the most exciting emerging talents in Europe.
Bellingham became Birmingham's youngest-ever player in August 2019 and has scored four goals, and made three assists in 32 Championship appearances this term.
In January, Blues head coach Pep Clotet admitted he was uncertain if Bellingham would stay at the club, amid interest from United.
'Bellingham fits the United DNA'
Further analysis from Sky Sports News reporter James Cooper...
"Manchester United seem to have got their timing just right when you think this comes in the wake of their derby win over Manchester City and the Old Trafford club are striking while the iron is hot.
"He [Bellingham] was brought by his parents, had a look around, and spoke with senior members of staff including executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
"He is out of contract at the end of the season and Birmingham are allowing him and his parents to speak with a variety of potential suitors.
"Bellingham is 17 in June and has started 25 games for the Blues this season, he is someone who United are very keen to have in their ranks as one of their summer signings.
"A move for him would indicate the start of phase three if you like of Solskjaer's rebuilding project at United.
"He is someone that United think is one for the future and one that fits with the DNA of young British talent, they are looking to bring through those players in terms of signing them and nurturing them in the academy.
"There is a chasing pack and the hope for United is that they have got in there early.
"Borussia Dortmund are certainly one club who are interested, but it comes down to logistics and economics and, of course, first-team football.
"There is a whole host of clubs but when you look at the chances that United have afforded to youth and the confidence that Solskjaer gives his young players, they have a good chance."