With every passing day, the spotlight on Jude Bellingham gets brighter. In England’s dramatic 3-3 draw to Germany earlier this week, the Borussia Dortmund player was at the peak of his powers and was even named the man of the match.
Birmingham City striker Troy Deeney recently penned a column for The Sun, where he shared his thoughts about Bellingham’s unique style of football and future. Interestingly, he pushed the youngster to turn down approaches from Liverpool and sign for Real Madrid instead.
“I just have a feeling that Spanish football will suit him. If Real Madrid come in, I can’t see Jude turning that down.”
In that same article, the English footballer went on to say that he sees Bellingham as a future captain of the English National Team.
“I already think he is a superstar. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was the face of the FIFA game next year and I think he will be England captain in three to four years’ time.”
In eight Bundesliga appearances so far this season, the youngster averages 2.5 shots and over 15 defensive actions per game. Moreover, he also has an assist to his name.
Real Madrid are expected to go all out for his signature in the upcoming transfer windows as they see him as an ideal Luka Modric replacement. However, the operation could involve a transfer fee well north of €100 million.
His current deal with the Germans runs until the summer of 2025 and Dortmund will not make it easy for any club to sign him. And with competition from the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United, the chase will be anything but straightforward.
That said, it remains to be seen as to how far Los Blancos are willing to go for his services.
Real Madrid preparing ‘huge summer revolution’ with three mega targets
Real Madrid were relatively less active than usual during the recently-concluded winter transfer window, with the club not making any notable moves in the transfer market.
However, the coming summer could be an important one for the club, especially with a string of players having their contracts expiring at the end of the season. While the Merengues have already prepared for renewals, they are also keen on strengthening the squad by bringing in new players.
To that end, a report from Tomas Gonzalez suggests Real Madrid are planning for a ‘big revolution’ in the coming summer.
The Spanish champions have identified three top targets in the form of Jude Bellingham, Dusan Vlahovic and Josko Gvardiol. The club are determined to sign all three targets in the coming summer, as they look to shore up their options in every position.
Bellingham has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for quite some time now, with various reports claiming that the Englishman is the club’s priority target in the summer as they look to find a long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
As far as Gvardiol is concerned, the Croatian was one of the best-performing defenders in the World Cup. Although a centre-back by trade, Gvardiol’s ability to operate at left-back should make him an excellent asset for Carlo Ancelotti, who has struggled with depth in the fullback spots this season.
Vlahovic, meanwhile, was reportedly offered to Real Madrid during the summer transfer window. The Whites were not too keen on splashing the money in the middle of the season, but it appears they are considering a move for the Serbian in the summer.
Vlahovic will likely be considered as a direct replacement for Karim Benzema, who has had issues with injuries. The Frenchman, in fact, has recently suffered a knock in the game against Valencia and is likely to be ruled out against Mallorca on Sunday.