Real Madrid are “growing ever more confident of winning the race to sign Jude Bellingham for a fee of £100m PLUS in the summer”, handing huge blows to fellow suitors Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Man United.
Spanish giants Real Madrid believe they are inching closer to landing what could be one of the summer’s transfer coups, confident that they have moved ahead of the growing pack of suitors for Jude Bellingham’s signature.
Bellingham has gone from a promising teenager in 2020 to a midfielder worth over £100m, attracting the attention of European giants Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs.
The 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund star further enhanced his reputation with stellar performances in Qatar, making Sportsmail’s team of the competition, although he failed to pick up the Player of the Year award Young Player of the Tournament
Real Madrid are increasingly confident of landing Jude Bellingham in the summer
According to the Sun, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are increasingly confident of luring the Birmingham-born midfielder to the Spanish capital in the summer of 2023.
There is a belief that the idea of becoming an icon for one of the game’s historically greatest clubs is a considerable draw.
Los Blancos have been busy assembling a highly talented midfield that is ready to inherit the mantle after legends Luka Modric and Toni Kroos finally hang up their boots or follow former team-mate Casemiro to pastures new.
After joining Borussia Dortmund in 2020, Bellingham has scored 21 goals in 112 games.
Should Bellingham switch from Dortmund to Madrid, he would line up alongside Fede Valverde and young French stars Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni at the Bernabéu.
But nothing has been signed yet, and there is still a good chance the 19-year-old’s future lies elsewhere, with Liverpool particularly interested in securing his services and previously reported to be close to an agreement
Jurgen Klopp has been outspoken in his praise for the midfielder and has also reportedly been lining up a move for Benfica’s Argentina star Enzo Fernandez.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side believe the lure of becoming a Los Blancos icon is working in their favor
Liverpool’s midfield has long been a problem area, and Bellingham would bring energy and the ability to break the lines regularly at Anfield, something they have lacked of late.
Premier League rivals United and City are also in the running, although Erik ten Hag’s side must face the fact that they were snubbed two years ago despite the best efforts of the legendary Eric Cantona and Bryan Robson.
City may be able to draw on the bigger war chest, but it has been made clear that their development is more important to Bellingham than wages.
Since arriving in the Bundesliga in 2020 for a fee of £30m, Bellingham has made an impressive 112 appearances and even assumed the captaincy, scoring 21 goals and assisting a further 19 in the process.
The 19-year-old has even worn the captain’s armband at Dortmund despite his young age