By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Published: 13:37 GMT, 3 November 2020 | Updated: 13:41 GMT, 3 November 2020
The 17-year-old wonderkid was no longer a secret after becoming Birmingham City's youngest player at 16 years and 38 days and the Championship club were soon inundated with offers.
United were keen, roping in old boss Ferguson to show Bellingham and his parents around the Aon training complex, but the charm offensive failed as he elected to take his talents to Dortmund.
Jude Bellingham has opened up on why he chose to join Borussia Dortmund this summer
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to bring the teenager to Old Trafford
'Man United have a great squad,' Bellingham told the Guardian. 'And my decision had nothing to do with Man United.
'I was so focused and so happy with the interest from Dortmund that this became my first choice. It was never: "It's this over