Manchester City are 'among the frontrunners' to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham as journalist Pete O'Rourke shares a transfer update.

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The Lowdown: Man City linked with Bellingham...

The teenager is one of world football's brightest and most dazzling rising stars, with City manager Pep Guardiola reportedly taking a real interest in the England international.

Reports have linked the Premier League champions with a move for Bellingham, who looks set to be one of the most in-demand names in this summer's transfer window.

City are joined by the likes of Liverpool and Real Madrid as real contenders for the 19-year-old, who is excelling for Dortmund in the Bundesliga as their highest-rated player according to WhoScored metrics.

The Latest: Man City 'among frontrunners' for Bellingham...

According to O'Rourke for Football Insider, Guardiola's side are 'among the frontrunners' to sign Bellingham as Man City captain Ilkay Gundogan's future remains uncertain.

It's added that the German's potential exit from the Etihad Stadium could 'accelerate' their summer activity, and the current Dortmund sensation is a target who's 'firmly' in their sights.

The Verdict: Perfect player for Man City...

If Gundogan were to depart Eastlands at the end of this season when his contract expires, the midfield ace would leave as a City cult hero, especially after his final day heroics to win them the league title last season.

The 32-year-old's leadership qualities behind the scenes will be difficult to replace, but in terms of quality, Bellingham stands out as the perfect candidate to come in for him.

The England international excelled under Gareth Southgate at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, attracting praise from assistant coach Steve Holland, who called him 'unique'. As per WhoScored, Bellingham also stands out as Dortmund's best performer by average match rating, with Guardiola himself calling the player 'special' in recent months.

City also possess the allure of always being in the hunt for silverware in recent years, something which could make them stand out as major suitors for the 19-year-old.

While the off-field threat of Premier League allegations still looms, there is little doubt that the Etihad should be considered a serious potential landing spot for Bellingham.