According to Sky Sport Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg, Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund are demanding €150 million for their star midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Bellingham, arguably one of the hottest prospects in the transfer market, has made it to the list of almost every top club across the continent. This includes Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Manchester United, and Manchester City.
At this moment, however, there is no clarity from the player’s end. Given the interest he has generated, it is all but certain that the 2022/23 season is going to be his final campaign in Dortmund’s iconic yellow and black colours.
So in all fairness, the fight will come down to an exciting bidding war, meaning that whoever matches Dortmund’s aforementioned valuation of €150 million will win the race.
As far as Real Madrid are concerned, it is an unspoken truth that the team are desperate to find capable replacements for both Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
The Croatian, who reportedly wants to play another season with Real Madrid, is already in his twilight years, while the World Cup-winning German is most likely to retire either this summer or the next.
Despite the tough situation at hand, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti recently decided to stick with his own roster, saying that the players he has at the moment are more than enough. When asked about the possibility of signing Bellingham, the manager said,
“Bellingham has shown in the World Cup that he is a great midfielder, but there are many youngsters who are performing well: Enzo Fernandez, Pedri and Gavi. I’ll stick with my midfielders, Tchouameni, Camavinga, and Valverde,” said the manager.
As for Dortmund, they seem to have accepted the fact that Bellingham’s departure is imminent and to tackle the upcoming hustle, the team want the player to make an early decision so that they can plan accordingly. This means that the next few weeks will be crucial.
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