Everyone expected a long, drawn-out transfer saga for the signature of Jude Bellingham, but it looks like Real Madrid may have got the player before other clubs had a chance to put together a proposal.
Recent reports say that he is close to agreeing a deal worth €150 million that would take the 19-year-old Englishman to the Bernabéu from Borussia Dortmund. If that happens, then the deal has the potential to be a game-changer for both Madrid and Bellingham.
If Bellingham does sign for Real Madrid, then it’ll be a big coup for Los Blancos. This season’s La Liga campaign has been underwhelming, and they’ve essentially allowed Barcelona to just walk the title unchallenged.
With the youngster in the side, things will look different. The English midfielder will provide energy and dynamism that’ll make backing Real Madrid for title success one of the more popular bets, even before the season has begun. Florentino Perez’s team always has great odds to win La Liga at the beginning of each season; odds that are usually justified. Having acquired a star player, they’ll be favourites for the title, especially if Barcelona fails to sign any big names. Indeed, adding Bellingham’s youthful flair to a team packed with big-game experience will put Real Madrid in a good position to pull off double success in both the league and the UEFA Champions League.
There’s one reason why Bellingham may not sign for Real Madrid: Manchester City are also interested. Of course, City are interested in all world-class players, and they have the money to buy them all. While they could afford Bellingham, this tendency to sign up all the best talent may work against them. Bellingham has shown that his main priority is getting plenty of playing time, and there are no guarantees that he’d get that at the Etihad since Pep Guardiola already has a whole host of outstanding midfielders at his disposal.
Still, the fact that Bellingham is English may work in their favour. Plus, he already has a good relationship with Manchester City’s English players. Real Madrid will hope that the midfielder signs the contract before City make their move.
Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bellingham makes perfect sense. It’s in line with their current transfer policy. The common notion is that The Whites signs big-budget superstars, but that hasn’t been true for a while. The last time they spent big bucks on a superstar player was Eden Hazard back in 2019; a transfer was ultimately a failure. Instead, the club’s recruitment led by chief scout; Juni Calafat has turned towards young talent; buying them before they become superstars and turning them into world-beaters.
With Bellingham, they’ll have the ultimate young talent. He’s still only 19 yet has shown that he can compete on the big stage, and while they’ll have to spend €150 million to bring him to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, there’s every chance that it’ll prove to be a bargain in the long run. If he wins everything for the club, then it’ll be money well-spent. If he does well but they ultimately want to sell the player, he’ll be young enough that Madrid could command a big fee.
Ultimately, Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid makes sense for all parties. Real Madrid have an excellent squad, but the midfield is aging. The potential arrival of the former Birmingham City starlet will give the club a chance to transition from the Toni Kroos/Luka Modric era to the next phase with Bellingham as the star turn. Given his talent, there’s every chance that the young English footballer could become a star of the club for many years to come.