- Jude Bellingham has lit up the Championship and has been tipped with a move
- The 16-year-old has many suitors including Manchester United and Chelsea
- Juventus are the latest club to show interest, joining the likes of Bayern Munich
Juventus have joined the race to sign Birmingham City’s talented 16-year-old Jude Bellingham
Birmingham cannot offer the teenager a professional deal until he turns 17 on June 29
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have all shown a strong interest in Bellingham
The central midfielder still earns £145 per week as a scholar at St Andrew’s
Many European clubs have sent scouts to watch the youngster ply his trade in Birmingham
Juventus are the latest top club to monitor the progress of Birmingham’s teenage star Jude Bellingham.
The 16-year-old midfielder is one of the brightest talents in the English game and has lit up the Championship this season, making 28 league appearances and scoring four goals.
Blues cannot offer Bellingham a professional deal until he turns 17 on June 29 and they are ready for the Champions League elite to fight for his signature.
Championship appearances: 21 (7)
Now Juventus, winners of the last eight Serie A titles, are keeping a close eye on Bellingham as they look to build a squad for the future.
Fabio Paratici, the chief football officer at Juventus, has a strong network of contacts within English football and has helped bring in players from there like Paul Pogba, Carlos Tevez, Patrice Evra and Aaron Ramsey.
But Juventus face a difficult task to win the race given Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal have all shown a strong interest in Bellingham, who still earns £145 per week as a scholar at St Andrew’s.
Bayern Munich are also thought to have shown an interest as Bellingham continues to improve at a staggering rate in the Championship.
Blues boss Pep Clotet said: ‘We are aware of interest in him. From the beginning he has been watched since he was 13 or 14.
‘For the Middlesbrough game half of Europe was here. He is used to it and I am used to it.
‘I have always said it is very good that clubs show interest in our players because this means that we have good players.’