Borussia Dortmund struggling to meet asking price for Man Utd transfer target Jude Bellingham

Jude Bellingham in action for Birmingham
Bellingham is eager to join Dortmund (Picture: Getty)

Borussia Dortmund’s efforts to land Jude Bellingham have hit a snag as the German side have been unable to meet Birmingham’s asking price, according to reports.

Bellingham, 16, has his sights set on joining Dortmund and has even agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga giants.

Manchester United were also vying to sign Bellingham, but had appeared to lose out to Dortmund.

Birmingham reportedly want as much as £50million for Bellingham having written a release clause in his scholarship contract, but Dortmund are struggling to raise significant funds for the deal.

Bild claim an offer of £31.5m will be enough to lure Bellingham away from England, but Dortmund have bid £18m for his services.

The coronavirus pandemic has had a severe effect on clubs across the world and is expected to have a big impact on the summer transfer window.

Dortmund must sell to raise further funds and have earmarked some players for departure, including coveted forward Jadon Sancho.

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Bellingham can sign is first pro contract this month (Picture: Getty)

Birmingham have several suitors for Bellingham, including Arsenal and Chelsea, but Dortmund are working to drive down the price with the knowledge the midfielder wants to join them.

Bellingham’s priority is playing time and Dortmund have a history of developing youngsters into first-team stars.

But the news of Dortmund’s offer will be a boost to United, who have pulled out all the stops to try and convince Bellingham to become a Red Devil.

United gave Bellingham and his parents a tour of Carrington where he held talks with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Bellingham turns 17 at the end of this month when he can sign his first pro contract.

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