Manchester City hopeful Jude Bellingham will ignore Real Madrid and Liverpool in favor of working under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad as the £100m race for the Dortmund star heats up.
Manchester City are reported to be optimistic England star Jude Bellingham will sideline Real Madrid and Liverpool in favor of working under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
Bellingham cemented his place as world football’s hottest player at the World Cup, producing a series of stunning performances before England were defeated by France in the quarter-finals.
It was understood that Liverpool were the favourites, but in recent days Real Madrid are believed to have overtaken the Reds as favorites to land the Birmingham City midfielder – and they are willing to shell out upwards of £100m.
Manchester City are reported to be optimistic England star Jude Bellingham will ignore Real Madrid and Liverpool in favor of working under Pep Guardiola.
After excelling at Borussia Dortmund – and enjoying a fantastic World Cup with England – many of Europe’s elite clubs are desperate to sign the 19-year-old.
Since Bellingham’s career accelerated in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, several top clubs in Europe have taken an interest. And after the excellent World Cup tournament in Qatar, his price tag only goes one way.
Despite reports that Bellingham will be on his way to the Bernabeu, sources at the Etihad are confident the idea of working under Pep could turn things around in City’s favour, according to The Sun.
With Guardiola signed on a contract with City until 2025, and Bellingham’s former Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland at the club, the teenage sensation could be destined for Manchester.
Bellingham has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid
Which side of Manchester remains to be seen. Last week, it emerged that Manchester United would be throwing their hat in the ring to sign Bellingham along with long-term target Frenkie de Jong.
United believed they had won the race to sign Bellingham after the youngster and his parents visited the club’s Carrington training base where he met Sir Alex Ferguson and other club officials.
The Old Trafford hierarchy will try again next summer and hope to impress Bellingham by offering him a key role in United’s future.
Signing for Man City would see Bellingham reunite with Erling Haaland who joined Pep’s side in the summer
Paris Saint-Germain President Nasser Al-Khelaifi also admitted his interest in Bellingham earlier this month, saying: “Everyone wants him and I will not hide it.”
However, it is believed that Paris Saint-Germain is no longer in the running to sign the Dortmund wonder.
Since arriving at Dortmund in 2020, Bellingham has made 112 appearances and even captained, scoring 21 goals and assisting another 19 in the process.
He scored his first goal for England on his World Cup debut in a 6-2 win against Iran and played an integral role in Gareth Southgate’s midfield throughout the tournament.
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