Although it’s certain that Jude Bellingham’s future lies away from the Bundesliga, the question that continues to trouble everyone’s mind is what team will he play for after the ongoing season.
For now, the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool are thought to be the frontrunners. The two European giants were credited with a strong interest, but Chelsea’s late arrival in the fray might change things.
For now, no team has made direct contact with the player, although it has been learned that Madrid initiated contacts through intermediaries whose primary job is the convince the young midfielder not to renew his contract with Dortmund, which runs until 2025.
Once that is done, the Bundesliga team will be forced to part ways with the 19-year-old and at a price that would be rather affordable for the suitors.
Now, although several outlets have claimed that Dortmund will be willing to listen to offers worth €120 million for Bellingham, a fresh report from Defensa Central is saying that his market value will be determined by his performance in the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The report further claims that both Liverpool and Chelsea want to push Madrid out of the equation as they wish to move forward with the deal as early as possible.
For Madrid, however, signing the 19-year-old is said to be the priority and they consider his acquisition as the cherry on the cake, given the longevity he brings to the table.
While they do have the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga who represent a great future, the recent rumour of Toni Kroos’ potential retirement might force them to go all out for Bellingham next summer.
But before rushing into this acquisition, the team from the capital city will want to see how he performs at the World Cup so that they can settle on a price-point which they will feel comfortable shelling out for the England international.
Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January
Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.
For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.
According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.
For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.
For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.
Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.
For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.
Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.