Manchester City are not thought to be considering an expensive move for Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham.
The 16-year-old has exploded on to the scene this season and has attracted interest from a number of England's elite sides, in a deal which could be worth upwards of £30m.
City are one of the teams who have been linked with Bellingham, but the Manchester Evening News insist that the Citizens are not contemplating trying to sign the teenager, despite their desire to bolster their academy.
The club have recruited the likes of Oscar Bobb, Samuel Edozie, Oscar Tarensi and Liam Delap in the last 12 months, but it is suggested that City have no desire to spend so heavily on a young central midfielder, given they already have plenty of alternatives.
David Silva's departure at the end of the season will certainly leave a void in midfield, but 19-year-old Phil Foden has long been touted as the heir to the Spaniard's throne, while there are also high hopes for 18-year-old Tommy Doyle, who impressed during pre-season.
As a result, there is no place for another youngster to come in, especially one who would cost around the £30m mark.
City's primary focus is on bolstering their defence and finally replacing Vincent Kompany, which will leave the door open for one of their Premier League rivals to swoop in and strike a deal for Bellingham.
Of all the top-flight teams, it is Manchester United who have been linked most often with a move for Bellingham. The Red Devils are happy to spend heavily to sign some elite, English talent, and the Birmingham starlet certainly fits the bill.
However, a source has confirmed to 90min that Bellingham is also wanted by the rest of the Premier League's biggest sides, including Leicester City, although Birmingham are not prepared to sell just yet anyway.
Birmingham fear that they could be hit with a transfer ban, which would leave them unable to replace Bellingham, while they are still hopeful of convincing him to extend his stay at St. Andrews.
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Source : 90min