Borussia Dortmund are expected to announce the £20m signing of Manchester United target Jude Bellingham very soon and how they won the race for his signature has been revealed.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Bayern Munich were all attracted to the 17-year-old Birmingham midfielder.
And United invited the youngster to the club in March and he was said to be “impressed” with Carrington. United even lined up Sir Alex Ferguson to meet the youngster, but it appears it was all in vain.
ESPN are just one of numerous sources who claim the German side have won the battle to sign Bellingham
Dortmund reportedly convinced the Englishman on the premise of regular Bundesliga and Champions League football.
But now The Atheltic detail exactly how Dortmund managed to convince Bellingham that his future was in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund apparently sent the youngster club shirts and invited on a tour of the club’s Signal Iduna Park and training ground.
The German side also “created a a video for Bellingham which depicted the sensation of playing in front of the Yellow Wall” and detailed the progress and development of Jadon Sancho.
Bellingham sent Dortmund shirt
The source also claim Bellingham watched Dortmund’s 4-0 win over the Schalke with a Dortmund shirt on. He then sent proof of himself watching on TV from home.
Those factors are believed top have tipped the balance towards the German side, along with wages of £2.7m, which is more than United were initially prepared to pay.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to be drawn into speculation surrounding the teenager when questioned if United had missed out.
“Well, there has been loads of speculation and we’ve been linked with every single talented player from the age of 15 to 25,” Solskjaer saidearlier this month.
“I can’t comment on every single player that has been linked with us. So, no, I can’t really comment.”