Borussia Dortmund hope to win £30m chase for Manchester United target Bellingham

The club’s sporting director Hans-Joachim Watzke says they are keen to sign a talented player, but competition will soon be fierce for the 16-year-old

Borussia Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke says the club want to sign Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham, but admits competition to sign the 16-year-old prodigy will be fierce.

Despite his tender age, Bellingham has emerged as an integral player in 2010 for the Championship side, resulting in the majority of Europe’s top clubs taking an interest in the young central midfielder.

Manchester United have already been heavily related to Bellingham, however Watzke has openly said that Dortmund will be pursuing a deal for Bellingham this summer.

“Of course we want this to work,” Watzke told German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, “but it is clear that with such a talented player, many others are also interested.”

Dortmund have earned a reputation for giving a few of Europe’s most talented teenagers opportunities for first-team football at the very top level, including England international Jadon Sancho, who they signed as a young child from Manchester City.

Other teenagers featuring regularly for Dortmund are striker Erling Haaland, and United States winger Gio Reyna.

That first-team pathway will be tempting to Bellingham, who has been valued at around £30 million ($37m) and can sign his first professional contract come july 1st.

Birmingham meanwhile are resigned to the actual fact they will lose one of their most prized assets, with former manager Pep Clotet last month admitting the club have been in for a “busy summer” – although that he did claim that coronavirus could impact on transfer deals and how much clubs are willing to pay for players.

He told Sky Sports: “As a head coach, I don’t deal with transfers, it’s the club. But I can imagine the situation has all the clubs very worried about how precisely to finish in 2010 and what impact this season has into next season.

“That can change a lot of the future of the clubs. Possibly it’s going to be a busy summer, possibly it’s going to be less busy, we still don’t know what impact it will have.”

Bellingham has featured 36 times in all competitions for the senior Birmingham side this season, scoring four goals. He has primarily played at the heart of midfield, but in addition has been deployed on the left and right wing on occasions.