La Liga champions Real Madrid reportedly lead the race to sign Jude Bellingham, valued at €100 million by Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Real Madrid will be the likeliest destination for Jude Bellingham in the 2023 summer transfer window. Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund will demand €100 million to part ways with the English midfielder.
Jude Bellingham has become a hot commodity in the last few years, with his stock skyrocketing since joining Borussia Dortmund. One of the best midfielders in the Bundesliga, the 19-year-old has displayed maturity and consistency beyond his nascent years. At the same time, the English international has established himself as a pivotal figure for club and country.
The teenage prodigy has made 109 appearances for Dortmund, chipping in with 19 goals and 20 assists. Bellingham’s progress has not gone unnoticed, with several European bigwigs setting their sights on him. And while the Bundesliga giants will demand around €100 million, many clubs can still afford him, including Real Madrid.
Real Madrid will need to lay down a succession plan for Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with the ageing midfield duo in the twilight of their careers. The two stalwarts might sign an extension on their contracts, but Real Madrid cannot afford to sleep on their successors.
Bellingham has thus emerged as a viable target for Los Blancos. And while the English midfielder will not be a like-for-like replacement for either Modric or Kroos, he has the qualities to fill the void that the veteran duo will leave in the foreseeable future. And recent reports have claimed that the player is keen on joining Real Madrid.
The reigning La Liga champions are reportedly confident of snapping up Bellingham next year. And according to Fichajes, the Merengues are the front-runners to secure the services of the 19-year-old. Bellingham’s price tag, worth around €100 million, should not be a problem for Real Madrid either.
Bellingham is reportedly a priority target for several Premier League bigwigs, including Chelsea. But with Real Madrid leading the race to sign the teenage prodigy, it will be interesting to see if his other suitors can clinch a deal worth around €100 million instead.