Manchester United are interested in signing Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham but a £25m asking price could scupper a move, according to reports.
Bellingham has enjoyed a breakout season in the Championship this term as the Blues find themselves in 18th position after the 16-year-old scored in their 1-1 draw with Cardiff on Saturday.
The midfielder has scored four goals and provided one assist in 24 Championship appearances for Birmingham with 18 of those coming from the start.
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The Daily Mirror recently claimed that Man Utd had offered Birmingham a ‘hefty downpayment with add-ons expected to take the bid over the £12.5m-mark’.
The Athletic now claims that ‘Mike Phelan went on a personal scouting mission’ to watch Bellingham in December which ‘sparked’ Man Utd’s pursuit of the youngster.
The report continues:
‘United are trying to do a deal for the midfielder in this window but a potential fee of £25 million is proving prohibitive.
‘There is also the fact Bellingham would be reluctant to drop into an under-23 set-up having secured his place in senior football, albeit in the Championship.’