Prior to Jude Bellingham’s transfer to Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2020, Manchester United had made a big move to try and lure him to Old Trafford.
The teenager was given a full tour of the club’s facilities and met with the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, as the Red Devils spared no efforts in trying to convince him to join. But, in the end, Bellingham chose Dortmund, where has thrived endlessly.
Now widely regarded as one of the best young midfielders in the game, the 19-year-old has further enhanced his reputation on the back of a stunning run at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with England, where he was one of the Three Lions’ best players during their quarter-final run.
Heading into next year, Bellingham is all set to spark a transfer war as several top clubs across the continent are pushing to sign him. Real Madrid have been working behind the scenes to sign the teenager for a while now, but face intense competition from Liverpool.
At the same time, Manchester City are also said to be keen on the 19-year-old. And now, according to Manchester Evening News, Manchester United could be open to making a second attempt at signing Bellingham next summer.
The report suggests that the staff at Old Trafford see the teenager as the ideal fit to play the box-to-box role that they had envisioned Paul Pogba playing. And manager Erik ten Hag is said to have been closely following Dortmund’s matches to assess his performances.
So, the door is not closed on another possible try to sign Bellingham. However, given the intense competition for places, pulling off a move could be difficult for Manchester United.
After all, as things stand, they are not counted among the elite teams in Europe despite their history. And with clubs like Real Madrid and Liverpool vying for his signing, the chances of Bellingham choosing Old Trafford appear slim.
In fact, recent reports have even suggested that the 19-year-old and his family could be leaning towards a move to Liverpool, which means Los Blancos also run the risk of missing out on Bellingham, who could cost upwards of €100 million next summer.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.