A host of clubs are looking at Jobe Bellingham, according to TEAMtalk sources, but his parents do not want any prospective transfer tying to a deal for his big brother Jude.
Jude Bellingham is one of Europe’s top prospects and has been brilliant for Borussia Dortmund since moving from Birmingham City in 2020.
The older Bellingham is now a big part of the England squad. And he will likely be one of the most in-demand players on the planet when he moves. But he remains under contract in Dortmund until 2025 and a transfer is not expected to happen until next year.
But before then his young brother Jobe, who does not turn 17 until September, could be on the move.
TEAMtalk can reveal that more 30 clubs have watched Bellingham this year alone at Birmingham. And that includes all the Premier League’s big hitters.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Wolves, Leicester, Everton, West Ham, Newcastle and newly promoted Fulham are among those taking an interest in the player.
There are also clubs on the continent who are in regular contact with Birmingham to check on the player. Those include Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma, Lyon, Monaco, Porto, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Dortmund, who are looking into having both Bellingham’s on-board.
Jobe into Blues first team
However, the player’s parents have made it clear to any interested party that Jobe and Jude are different people. And in no way would a double deal for the duo be considered. Although if a club did end up with both players, neither would end up having a bearing on each other’s transfer.
Jobe, like Jude, is a central midfielder, but is a bit more attack minded. Indeed some on-lookers think they could prove to be a brilliant pairing, if they were ever to play in the same team.
Jobe has been on the bench eight times this season in the Championship and made two appearances. He played 30 minutes of the final-day defeat to Blackburn and made a cameo against Preston in January.
He also played in the FA Cup defeat to Plymouth in January.
The 16-year-old is yet to sign a professional contract, but has been offered scholarship terms by Birmingham.
He will be free sign a professional contract when he turns 17 in September.