Man United are working on a deal this week to beat Borussia Dortmund to the signing of Birmingham City sensation Jude Bellingham, Football Insider understands.
The Bundesliga big hitters are in pole position to land the precocious 16-year-old and have held extensive talks with Birmingham over a £25million deal plus add-ons.
A United source has told Football Insider the club have not given up hope of signing Birmingham and transfer negotiators Woodward and Judge are putting together a package to try and beat Dortmund to Bellingham’s signature.
The Premier League giants must convince Bellingham and his family they are a more attractive destination that the German club.
Dortmund are close to agreeing a fee with Birmingham, who will accept £25m plus add-ons, and personal terms with the teenager, who does not turn 17 until 29 June.
The Champions League outfit have an excellent reputation for developing brilliant young talent and famously prised a then unknown Jadon Sancho from Man City and helped turn him into a global star.
Most recently, they beat United to the capture of striker Erling Haaland in January and he has made an immediate and remarkable impact.
Bellingham is regarded as capable of following in the footsteps of those outstanding young attacking players.
At Birmingham, the versatile midfielder has already made 24 Championship starts among 34 appearances this season, scoring four goals and supplying three assists.
He is currently on scholarship terms, although a professional deal is due to kick in on his 17th birthday in three months.
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