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Real Madrid, Liverpool favourites to sign rising England star, Chelsea also keen



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The race to sign Jude Bellingham is seemingly hotting up as the midfielder continues to mesmerise onlookers with his performances at the highest level of football.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet most recently starred in England’s opening game in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, scoring the opener in a 6-2 victory over Iran. He was hailed as one of the top performers of the game.

Bellingham’s blazing performances for club and country have catapulted him into becoming one of the hottest prospects in the market, with Real Madrid and other major clubs across Europe keen on securing his services at the end of the season.

According to a recent report from Matt Law (h/t Madrid Zone), Real Madrid, along with Liverpool, are on the driver’s seat in the race to sign Bellingham. But Chelsea have also entered the race for the 19-year-old, while Manchester City are also in the running.

Real Madrid, for their part, have likely identified the former Birmingham City starlet as a potential long-term replacement for Luka Modric, whose contract at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season.

Bellingham, to that end, could prove to be a smart long-term investment for the club. The Englishman may even build a formidable partnership with other big-money midfield investments such as Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni.

Borussia Dortmund, though, are not going to make it easy for Los Blancos or for any other interested party in their quest to sign Bellingham.

Although the German giants are preparing for his exit, they are expected to hold out for a fortune for the services of the Englishman, especially with interest in his services growing with each passing day.

The teenage whizkid was indeed valued at around €100 million before the start of the World Cup. But it appears he could end up with a valuation closer to €150 million by the end of the tournament.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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