Liverpool and Real Madrid have reportedly ‘invested more time and energy’ in the race to sign Jude Bellingham and they feel that this ‘will pay off’.
Is anyone bored of hearing about Bellingham already?
Well, strap yourselves in, because he is going to be talked about a lot over the next few months.
In his defence, Bellingham is bloody good. The young midfielder has spent the last couple of years at Borussia Dortmund after coming through the ranks at Birmingham City.
The centre-midfielder has progressed tremendously over the past couple of seasons and he is now looking likely to start for England at the World Cup.
Ex-Chelsea star Joe Cole has suggested that Bellingham is indeed in “pole position” to start alongside Declan Rice:
“He is strong, powerful and gets on the ball. I like the way he progresses his passes, he is happy to feed it in and is comfortable having bodies around him.
“He makes the right passes at the right time and he is such a talent. When he gets the ball, he always looks to go forward.
“In the game against Manchester City, he will always look to pop it and run and go into positions. He needs to be disciplined and he will need to do that in Gareth Southgate’s team but he is everything we need for England in that position.
“He is in pole position to be next to Declan Rice, and he is going to add more goals to his game. He is already one of the biggest talents in world football, I love him.”
Dortmund were never likely to sell him this summer as Erling Haaland secured a move to Man City. But he appears all set to depart the Bundesliga club next year.
It was reported earlier this month that Bellingham has already decided that he wants to go to Real Madrid.
This would have been a major disappointment for Liverpool, but Ben Jacobs has now insisted that Bellingham is still ‘keeping his options open’.
Liverpool and Man City are believed to be ‘still very much involved in an open race’. Man Utd and Chelsea meanwhile are ‘not currently frontrunners’.
Jacobs goes onto state that signing Bellingham is going to ‘require time, energy and a personal pitch behind the scenes’.
He adds that Liverpool and Real Madrid ‘have invested more than other clubs’. They feel that when Bellingham does make his decision, they feel that this effort ‘will pay off’.
Contrasting reports have emerged on Bellingham’s price tag in recent weeks. But Jacobs is reporting that Real Madrid feel that they can sign the midfielder for ‘below £100m’.
But Dortmund are ‘intent on offering him a new deal after a World Cup’, presumably in an attempt to drive his price up even further. His current deal expires in 2025.