England and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham has reportedly chosen his next club ahead of a likely transfer for the 19-year-old in the summer of 2023.
Bellingham has been a revelation ever since making his debut for Birmingham City in 2019, aged just 16. The England International then made the switch to the Bundesliga in 2020 for a fee of around £25million, becoming the world’s most expensive 17-year-old at the time.
In Dortmund, Bellingham has really risen to stardom, becoming an increasingly influential player each season. The midfielder has over 100 appearances for BVB under his name, and even captained the side in their UEFA Champions League victory over Sevilla earlier this week.
Bellingham’s performances have attracted interest from many of Europe’s elite clubs, namely Chelsea, Man City, Man United, Liverpool and Real Madrid. Dortmund are well aware of the ever-growing list of suitors for the English star and have subsequently slapped a €150million price-tag on the player. A fee which would represent the record-Bundesliga sale, ahead of the likes of Jadon Sancho, Kai Havertz and Ousmane Dembélé.
It seems that Bellingham has chosen Real Madrid as his next destination after The Telegraph reported the Club have advanced negotiations with the player in recent days.
Los Blancos are reportedly trying to ‘woo’ Bellingham by explaining that he’ll be the centre of Florentino Perez’s new project. The BVB star would form part of a midfield dynamic alongside Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Fede Valverde which could dominate La Liga and Europe for the next decade.
Bellingham has reportedly been the first-choice target for Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool to bolster their midfield. However, the Reds don’t have the same financial muscle as Real Madrid, and therefore may not be able to compete with the La Liga champion’s offer.
Perez has promised to make Bellingham one of the new Galacticos, alongside Tchouameni, Camavinga, Vinicius and Rodrygo. A truly frightening crop of young talent that ought to dominate European football for years to come.