Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have reached an agreement over the huge transfer of England midfielder Jude Bellingham, according to respected journalist David Ornstein.
Bellingham has become one of the most pursued players in world football amid his exceptional performances for Dortmund. He has established himself as one of their most important players, registering 14 goals and seven assists in 42 appearances. Those numbers, as well as the fact Bellingham has captained the club in both the Bundesliga and Champions League, are made even more impressive by the fact he is only 19 years old.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with Bellingham in the last two years. He has been described as the perfect player to solve their problems in midfield.
However, in April Liverpool were forced to admit defeat in their pursuit of him. This is because they acknowledged that Dortmund’s huge asking price was too much.
Liverpool dropping out of the hunt meant it became a two-horse race between Madrid and Manchester City.
However, Bellingham soon decided he wanted to join Madrid over City, which allowed the Spanish giants to get to work on a deal with Dortmund and address personal terms with the player’s camp.
It didn’t take long for Madrid and Bellingham to reach an agreement over a long-term contract, which Fabrizio Romano claims will run until summer 2029. But it has taken slightly longer for Madrid to sort out a deal with Bellingham’s current club.
Madrid have now taken a big step towards announcing the former Birmingham City man as their new signing. The Athletic’s Ornstein has revealed there is now a transfer agreement in place between the two sides.
David Ornstein drops Jude Bellingham bombshell
Madrid will pay Dortmund over €100million (£86m) for Bellingham. Ornstein describes it as ‘one of the highest-value transfers in the history of both clubs’. The move will make Bellingham the second-most expensive English player of all time, behind Jack Grealish.
Bellingham will undergo a medical in the next few days.
Ornstein also provides the inside track on City’s pursuit of the star. He writes that City had a strong desire to add Bellingham to their squad in a move which would have taken their midfield to an even higher level. But City did not actually submit any offers to Dortmund as they soon found out he only wanted Madrid next in his career.
Despite Bellingham’s insane talent, it is not actually guaranteed that he will walk straight into the Madrid starting eleven. Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti already has Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Fede Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga available in midfield.
Of course, Modric and Kroos will soon retire, though Bellingham will still have to keep one of Tchouameni, Valverde and Camavinga at bay to start regularly.
It will be interesting to see if Bellingham ever opts to leave Madrid. Normally players go to Madrid either at the start of their careers or at their peak and do not leave until they are well beyond 30.
But things may be slightly different in Bellingham’s case due to him being English. He may want to return to the Premier League at some point in the future to win silverware in his home country once he has achieved all he can in Spain.