Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham is yet to sign a deal with Borussia Dortmund, despite reports a move to the German club is close to being finalised.
That’s according to Sky Sports Germany, who cover the midfielder’s situation after months of speculation about his future.
The young midfielder is currently one of the hottest prospects in England after starring for the Blues and has thus been linked with a move to several major sides in Europe.
Manchester United were heavily linked for several months with Ole Gunnar Solskjær conducting a youth revolution at Old Trafford, and the midfielder was eyed as another ideal addition to it.
Borussia Dortmund were often named as their main competitions for Bellingham’s signature and appeared to have won the race with reports suggesting he would be their final summer signing this year.
However, as of yet, a move hasn’t been completed and Sky report today that could be as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Like many countries around Europe, the United Kingdom has implemented a quarantine protocol for people entering the country.
That quarantine period is 14 days and, while there have been special dispensations for athletes due to the level of testing being done, it’s unclear whether Bellingham would get it.
Therefore, were he to travel from Birmingham to Dortmund to undergo a medical and sign his contract at the German club, he would have to quarantine for 14 days on his return.
That would present a significant problem for Birmingham, who are currently 17th in the table and just five points from safety, as they would lose a key player at a crucial point in the season.
This restriction is set to be lifted on July 10th, so until then, there’s a feeling rushing things would be a bit pointless.
Thus, they are reluctant to give up the midfielder at this point, which could be a reason why his potential transfer to Dortmund is being delayed at this point.