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Once he puts pen on paper to complete a £26m switch from Championship side Birmingham City to Dortmund in the coming days, the teenage prodigy will become the most expensive 17-year-old.
The Red Devils were linked with the defensive midfielder who has taken big European clubs with storm with his performances over the past season. United and Dortmund were the clubs most advanced in negotiations with Bellingham, with the latter edging the former out to complete his signature.
It is now being reported that Lucian Favre’s side sent Bellingham a club shirt and invited him to the Signal Iduna Park and the club’s training ground before last winter break. They also created a video of him playing for Dortmund in front of the club’s famed Yellow Wall.
Dortmund also used the example of Jadon Sancho to showcase to Bellingham how he’d transition to his new life at the club. All these efforts appeared to have borne fruit as Bellingham is set to have his medical at the Westfalendstadion residents ahead of a 26m move to the Bundesliga runners-up.
The Senegal and Napoli center back is one of the top transfer targets for City who are eying up to five signings after their two year European ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration of Sport, as revealed by Ligalive earlier this week.
City are planning a summer of strengthening after a season in which they played catch-up to the Champions Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s men didn’t make a major investment like City last summer but defeated them to the Premier League title with 7 games to spare.
Their anguish of missing out on the third English top flight title in as many seasons has convinced City to sign a top center-back this summer, an area in their squad where they have struggled since the departure of Kompany last summer.
The 2019/20 Premier League champions were handed their 3rd defeat of the season by a high-flying Arsenal side on Wednesday night.
Virgil Van Dijk being at fault for Arsenal’s opener, Fabinho giving the balls away under little to no pressure and Sadio Mane smiling while the Reds were behind in the game are the three signs of decline at Liverpool club legend Graeme Souness has identified.
The Sky Sports pundit earmarked these areas as he was analyzing his former side’s defeat to the hands of Mikel Arteta’s men on Wednesday night. Liverpool let a one-goal slip lead after mistakes from Virgil Van Dijk and others helped Arsenal to their first win over the Reds since 2015.
Defeat on Wednesday means that the Reds will be unable to break the points’ record Manchester City set in their title winning 2017/18 campaign. The maximum points total this Liverpool side can put on the board is 99, compared to City’s 100 that season.
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