Jude Bellingham is all set to spark a major bidding war in the summer of 2023, with many top clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea vying for his signature from Borussia Dortmund.
Just 19 years of age, the Englishman has become one of the top midfielders in the game currently and has grown into a leader at Dortmund, even captaining the team on several occasions this season.
But the German giants are aware of the rising interest in the former Birmingham City ace and are reported to be preparing for a potential departure next year.
It is claimed that Borussia Dortmund will demand a price of around €150 million to sell Bellingham in the summer. But, according to SPORT, Real Madrid will be unwilling to match that valuation and instead look to land him for a lower figure closer to the €100 million mark.
The CIES football observatory recently valued Bellingham at a mammoth €202 million as per the report. And while such a price would be preposterous, Dortmund would want to make the most of the interest in the 19-year-old and rake in €150 million from his sale.
The fact that Bellingham does not have a release clause embedded in his contract and still has over two years left on it puts the Bundesliga heavyweights in a strong position as well.
Be that as it may, Real Madrid do not wish to pay over the odds for Bellingham and have no intentions to match the €150 million valuation as things stand.
Liverpool have been touted to be frontrunners to sign the England international in the past. But, Real Madrid believe that they are well within a shot of signing him and the final call will be up to the player on where he ends up.
With Luka Modric in the twilight of his career and Toni Kroos yet to renew as well, Real Madrid will need a new midfielder and Bellingham is seen as a top target. But the club will not spend €150 million to sign him.
Real Madrid the most likely destination for Kylian Mbappe with Liverpool not pushing for transfer
Journalist Florian Plettenberg has affirmed that despite Liverpool’s continued interest, Real Madrid remain the most realistic destination for Kylian Mbappe either for next year or the year after that.
As far as PSG are concerned, the Ligue 1 champions are totally relaxed over the drama as they are now financially secure for his possible departure. Nonetheless, Liverpool are not at all pushing for the player which leaves Real Madrid as the only team as suitors.
Mbappe has declined an extension offer from PSG, as his current deal is set to expire in 2024 and the 24-year-old forward seems poised to determine his future destination sooner rather than later.
As for Real Madrid, while they have denied holding any talks with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner, the interest in him has always been there as he remains one of the club’s main targets for 2024.
One last attempt for Mbappe?
Real Madrid have been chasing Mbappe since 2021 and while there have been instances when he almost joined, the move has always failed to materialise for some reason.
Last year, he ended up signing a new contract and this year, as he looked certain to leave PSG, a sudden change of heart saw him stay put. Now, there are going to be some repercussions of his continued ignorance.
These repercussions Mbappe will experience if rejects Madrid once again as it is said that the team from the Spanish capital is fed up with playing this game and if the move fails next summer, the door for Mbappe will be closed forever.
On the contrary, Plettenberg reports that it is not a matter of if for Mbappe, but a matter of when.
So even if they somehow miss out on his acquisition this summer, they will be able to sign him in 2025 as they are currently the only team running for his signature.