Birmingham WizKid Jude Bellingham signs for Borussia Dortmund

Bellingham becomes most expensive 17-year-old in history after signing for fee in excess of £26m with Dortmund.

Man Utd had also made an offer for Jude, but the 17 year old decided to move to Germany on Thursday when he completed his medical.

It is understood Birmingham will receive a guaranteed £25m up front with an extra £1m of almost-guaranteed money, and ‘several millions more’ depending on appearances, achievements and milestones.

Bellingham is still only on a schoolboy contract with the Championship club, which would normally mean he could have signed a professional contract with any other team and the fee decided by tribunal.

But Birmingham were able to demand a high fee because they had a professional contract ready for Bellingham to sign, and an agreement with the player and his family that they would sign, if any other club suggested he move for free and go down the tribunal route.

He follows in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who moved to Dortmund in 2017 and has since gone on to become one the stars of the Bundesliga and an England international.

Now that Dortmund have their man, does this also mean Man Utd will get theirs? Utd have been heavily linked to Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho for a while now. Could this be the final part of the puzzle allowing the red devils to get their guy?

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