Jude Bellingham looks highly likely to put pen to paper to sign a deal with Borussia Dortmund, according to media reports doing the rounds today. Birmingham City teen sensation Bellingham is said to be poised to leave the Championship side to switch to Signal Iduna Park in the summer for a fee said to be in the region of £30million. BVB have jumped the queue of clubs — with Manchester United the most prominent of those — and it seems it is just a matter of time before the move is officially announced.
The German press seem convinced the deal will happen and phrases such as “advanced negotiations”, “done deal” and “almost certainly join Borussia Dortmund in the next transfer window” are swirling.
But if BVB are to get their man, as seems highly likely, what type of player are they getting? Blues fan and online pundit Nick Rawlins, a regular at St Andrews, says the box-to-box midfielder is efficient in both attacking terms and also with his rear-guard duties.
“Bellingham is a gifted player technically and has a fantastic first touch which gives him a split-second of thought ahead off his opponent and he always seems to be able to put this to good use for the benefit of the team
“His versatility is also a great asset. For instance, I’ve seen him boss the middle of the pitch but he also flourishes out wide and can lead the line too. He is definitely equipped with all the attributes to go on and be a big player in the game.”
The path that Bellingham has apparently chosen in terms of his development would lead you to believe that he has seen the way that fellow Brit Jason Sancho has excelled since joining the Bundesliga outfit. And Rawlins added:
“There has been a lot said about his development and following that enjoyed by Jason Sancho who has come on absolute leaps and bound at BVB. Now he is going to be sold for something in the £120million ballpark, which is absolutely incredible when you think that he only cost only £8million.
“That is a big profit and with Bellingham, no doubt the Germans are thinking they can make a similar return further down the line if and when he is ready come back to England. Or if he moves to another European powerhouse for a big, big fee. From what I have seen so far — and remember, he is still aged only 16 — they are well justified in their intentions. It’ll be interesting to see just how he gets on at BVB if indeed he does make the move.”