Arsenal should not be forgotten in the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund, according to their former striker Kevin Campbell.
Bellingham will be in demand this summer, although a move to long-time suitors Liverpool looks to have fallen through. Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s club have conceded defeat in the battle to sign Bellingham due to his price tag.
Reports in Germany and closer to home have suggested that Borussia Dortmund still have some confidence about keeping him away from any other suitors too, giving him the chance to enter a fourth season at their disposal.
However, Liverpool’s U-turn about pursuing Bellingham has already led to links with other clubs.
Manchester City now appear to be the most likely club to bring Bellingham to the Premier League. Alternatively, he remains a target for Real Madrid over in La Liga.
According to ex-Arsenal forward Campbell, though, there is still reason to believe that Bellingham could actually end up at Arsenal.
“Not many mentions of Bellingham to Arsenal,” Campbell said on Sky Sports‘ The Football Show.
“I think he has been virtually linked with all of the teams in the Champions League. Arsenal will qualify for the Champions League this season.
“I would take Jude Bellingham in a heartbeat. I think he will have the pick of the European clubs – I could see him ending up at Madrid, if I am honest.”
Arsenal have been linked with Bellingham before, but have never looked like one of the favourites to sign him.
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Of course, as the current Premier League leaders, they might be able to dream up some ambitious plans for the upcoming transfer market. But whether they can afford Bellingham is another question.
If they can, he would more than likely be a club-record investment. Turning 20 in June, Bellingham would help Arsenal’s efforts to evolve their midfield.
Currently, they are relying on the likes of Granit Xhaka, Thomas Partey, Jorginho and Mohamed Elneny. Three of those players are already in their thirties and Partey will join them in that category by the start of next season too.
Therefore, Arsenal might need to find someone who can take over in the long term. A player of Bellingham’s pedigree would obviously be a dream target.
Realistically, though, Campbell might be right to predict that Real Madrid could be Bellingham’s destiny. Long established as one of the most powerful clubs in the world, they would represent a fitting destination for one of Europe’s most talented midfielders.
As things stand, though, Bellingham is under contract until 2025 with Borussia Dortmund. His future is in their hands while other clubs decide whether to make bids or not.