Manchester United have made an offer in excess of £30m for Birmingham’s 16-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham, according to Sky Sports News.
The Sun reported that United are keen to bring Bellingham to Old Trafford and have now made an approach to sign him from the Championship side.
It was reported on Monday that the Red devils were willing to pay £25m for the teenager.
Bellingham is currently on £145-per-week scholar’s wages, although he will be set to sign a lucrative first professional contract when he turns 17 on the 29th of June.
The box-to-box midfielder has also attracted interest from Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Dortmund and Liverpool as he earned rave reviews in his 25 matches for Birmingham this campaign.
Birmingham are under pressure to raise funds quickly having been docked nine points last campaign as they broke profit and sustainability rules.
Bellingham became Chelsea’s youngest player at 16 years and 38 days in August when he played in their Carabao Cup first-round match at Portsmouth.
United signed Aaron Wan Bissaka and Daniel James in the summer window – the latter from Swansea with his lack of top flight exposure not a problem.
Their interest in Bellingham is a sign of their commitment to youth, as is their willingness to give academy products an opportunity this season, but Bruno Fernandes remains their key January target.