Manchester United missed out on Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham after refusing to match the £56,000-a-week pay deal offered by the German club, sources have told ESPN.

Bellingham, 17, left Birmingham City for Dortmund in July in a transfer that could eventually be worth £22.75 million to the EFL Championship side.

The England under-17 midfielder, who made 44 senior appearances for Birmingham last season, had come close to sealing a move to United during the January transfer window before the Old Trafford outfit switched attention to completing the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon ahead of the Jan. 31 deadline.

But with United opting against finalising a deal for Bellingham in January, Dortmund moved into pole position by handing the youngster the opportunity to follow the path taken by Jadon Sancho, who also moved to Signal Iduna Park as a 17-year-old from Manchester City in 2017, and fellow young stars Erling Haaland and Gio Reyna.