The battle for Jude Bellingham is heating up and poised to dominate the rumor mill this summer. The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund phenom has emerged as one of the brightest young stars in world football, with powerhouses Real Madrid and Manchester City locking horns to land his signature.
Since joining Dortmund in 2020, Bellingham’s stock has skyrocketed. With Europe’s giants circling, the German side have slapped a whopping €150 million price tag on their prized asset.
The astronomical fee caused Liverpool to drop out, leaving Madrid and City as the two frontrunners still in the chase.
While Los Blancos boast an illustrious history, they can’t match the deep pockets of the Premier League champions. Nor are they willing to fork out that kind of money for a teenager.
According to Marca, Madrid plan to convince Bellingham their project is the most appealing, just as they did with Aurelien Tchouameni last summer.
It’s no secret Tchouameni had lucrative offers from Liverpool and PSG. But after Madrid reps met with him, the Frenchman chose the Bernabeu.
Now Madrid hope to repeat the trick, travelling to Germany to persuade Bellingham his future lies in the Spanish capital, not Manchester.
Can Madrid Convince Jude Bellingham Over City?
Madrid see Bellingham as their top target and have worked for over 10 months to get the details of his contract and other aspects in order.
They’ll sell him on winning major trophies, pointing to Kylian Mbappe spurning them for PSG, then enduring a difficult season.
With Madrid laying out an elaborate plan to land Bellingham, it remains to be seen if they can outmaneuver City’s financial muscle.
The transfer saga is poised to rumble on for months, Bellingham’s final decision having massive implications on the makeup of Europe’s elite. Both clubs know his potential is nearly limitless.
The question is, which alluring project can turn that potential into historic achievements? The football world waits with bated breath.