Real Madrid have a tradition of going after a marquee signing in every transfer window. Not all of Los Blancos’ big-name transfer targets end up signing for the club, but some transfer sagas just seem to have their ending written in stone.
Such is the case with Jude Bellingham. It is well known that Real Madrid see the English youngster as a key piece in their future midfield and are willing to go all out for him in the summer.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are not the only party in the running for Bellingham’s signature. Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are just some of the other big clubs interested in the player but the biggest competitor is undoubtedly Liverpool.
But according to former Premier League midfielder Jamie O’Hara on talkSPORT, the Merseyside team now have no chance of signing the youngster and are out of the race for his transfer.
Jurgen Klopp was initially keen on securing Bellingham as the Englishman was the ideal solution to Liverpool’s midfield troubles. Given their ageing core, the team needed reinforcements, and fast.
But, O’Hara believes that with the Reds looking likely to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League, they can kiss their hopes of signing Bellingham goodbye.
“I don’t see them getting into the top four. I can’t see them breaking into the top four with that team. They won’t even get Jude Bellingham now, they won’t get Bellingham!”
Furthermore, a combination of the player’s desire to play in Madrid and the heavy economics involved could make things further difficult for Liverpool.
The Borussia Dortmund star is one of the most valued youngsters in world football and has even captained the Bundesliga side in the UEFA Champions League at the tender age of 19. While his services will not come for cheap, Florentino Perez is willing to splash the cash on him and considers Bellingham a worthy investment.
Atletico striker hoping Bellingham has an off day during derby: “He is at a great level”
Speaking to DAZN (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata admitted that Real Madrid midfield superstar Jude Bellingham is performing at a great level.
Real Madrid take on Atletico in La Liga on Sunday in the Madrid derby at the Civitas Metropolitano and without a doubt, Bellingham will pose a huge threat for the Rojiblancos.
Alvaro Morata hopes Bellingham as a quiet outing
Ahead of the blockbuster encounter on Sunday, Morata, who is Atletico’s main striker, admitted that Bellingham has great quality.
“I saw him last year in a few games, the truth is that he caught my attention. I saw him in his team and in his national team, and talking to people who had played with him, teammates he has, you could already see that he was a great player,” he said.
However, the former Real Madrid striker added that he hoped that the England international has an off day during the derby.
“The truth is that he is at a great level, we can only hope that he doesn’t do well and that we also have very good players to counteract that. We hope he doesn’t have a good day on Sunday,” Morata stated.
Bellingham fit and ready to go
Bellingham has been the in-form player for Real Madrid this season with six goals and an assist in six matches across all competitions.
So, naturally, there were concerns when he did not complete the training sessions on Friday due to stomach issues.