Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham’s move to Borussia Dortmund is set to be confirmed next week after he had a medical at the German club.
The 17-year-old travelled to Dortmund on Thursday to complete the latest stages of the transfer. He then returned to England for preparation of Birmingham’s Championship game at Preston on Saturday.
Dortmund are Bellingham’s preferred choice ahead of a number of English clubs, including Manchester United.
However, Dortmund’s recent impressive history of developing young players, most notably Jadon Sancho and Christian Pulisic, proved persuasive, in addition to Dortmund’s continuing presence in the Champions League.