according to a report by Fabrizio Romano, with the midfielder choosing between Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid.
The future of Jude Bellingham was always expected to dominate the transfer headlines leading up to the summer transfer window of 2023.
Despite being only 19 years old, Bellingham is already one of the world’s best midfielders. Even for the exorbitant fees Dortmund was demanding, the trade appears to be worth its weight in gold.
Bellingham has the potential to be the club’s best midfielder over the next 15 years. As a result, there was a lot of interest in heavyweights.
The race came down to three clubs: Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid.
The Reds abruptly ended their pursuit in early April after it became clear that signing Bellingham would limit their capacity to sanction additional acquisitions.
According to reports from Germany, Dortmund would demand between £125 million and £135 million for Bellingham. With add-ons, agent fees, and a massive salary, Liverpool thought enough was enough and began looking for alternative targets.
According to a report from Spanish source Marca, Real Madrid will sign Jude Bellingham before Manchester City.
According to the outlet, Real is ‘close to finalize’ a deal, with the player already indicating his desire to join Real. An ‘agreement in principle’ has been reached, and a more solid commitment will be forthcoming.
Man City are believed to have accepted defeat and, like Liverpool before them, have withdrawn from contention.
Personal terms are being negotiated, and Bellingham is expected to sign a six-year contract extension until 2029.