Real Madrid have begun talks with Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham over a possible blockbuster transfer.
Bellingham, a product of Birmingham City’s youth system, has swiftly developed into one of the most entertaining midfielders in the world.
The 18-year-old has put in a string of excellent all-action performances for Dortmund, cementing himself as a regular in Gareth Southgate’s England sides.
Bellingham, Dortmund’s youngest ever goalscorer, is poised to depart the Bundesliga club in the coming year, with a bevy of top European teams circling.
While many believe Bellingham will return to England, it appears that another trip overseas is in the works.
Bellingham is a priority target for Real, according to Francisco Jose Delgado of Cadena Ser, and the 14-time European winners feel they can get him for €90 million in the summer of 2023.
Los Blancos would be allowed to register Bellingham only once Vinicius Jr acquires a Spanish passport, so that timeline would be ideal.
Real’s non-EU quota has been filled, and the club is waiting for Vinicius, a Brazilian international, to become a Spanish citizen.
With the successful triumvirate of Casemiro, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos not getting any younger, the La Liga giants are putting a focus on refreshing their midfield choices.
Eduardo Camavinga, 19, was drafted in last summer and played a key role in the club’s double-winning season, while the club has also signed 22-year-old compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco in a deal for up to €100 million.
Dortmund paid an initial £25 million for Bellingham, a 17-year-old who ventured outside his comfort zone in July 2020.
According to Francisco Jose Delgado
Last year, he agreed to a contract extension that will keep him on the team until June 30, 2025.
Bellingham would be following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Steve McManaman, David Beckham, Jonathan Woodgate, and Michael Owen if he joined Real.