Manchester City hopeful England star Jude Bellingham ‘will snub Real Madrid and Liverpool in favour of working under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad’ as £100m race for Dortmund star hots up
Manchester City are reportedly optimistic that England star Jude Bellingham will snub Real Madrid and Liverpool in favour of working under Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
Bellingham cemented his status as the hottest property in global football at the World Cup, where he produced a string of breathtaking displays before England were beaten by France in the quarter-finals.
It was understood that Liverpool were the frontrunners, but in recent days Real Madrid are believed to have overtaken the Reds as favourites to land the once Birmingham City midfielder – and are willing to pay upwards of £100m.
Manchester City are reportedly optimistic that England star Jude Bellingham will snub Real Madrid and Liverpool in favour of working under Pep Guardiola
After excelling at Borussia Dortmund – and enjoying an incredible World Cup with England – several of Europe’s elite clubs are desperate for the 19-year-old’s signature
Since Bellingham’s career accelerated in Germany with Borussia Dortmund, several of Europe’s top clubs have been interested. And after a stellar World Cup in Qatar, his price tag is only going one way.
Despite reports suggesting Bellingham will be on his way to the Bernabeu, sources at the Etihad are confident the idea of working under Pep could swing things in City’s favour, according to The Sun.
With Guardiola signing a contract with City until 2025, and Bellingham’s former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland at the club, the teenage sensation could be destined for Manchester.
Bellingham has been linked with Liverpool, Manchester United, PSG, and frontrunners Real Madrid
What side of Manchester that is remains to be seen. Last week, it emerged that Manchester United will throw their hat in the ring for Bellingham’s signature alongside their long-term target Frenkie De Jong.
United thought 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 sway Bellingham by offering him a key role in United’s future.
Signing for Man City would see Bellingham reunited with Erling Haaland who joined Pep’s side in the summer
Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi also admitted his interest in Bellingham earlier this month, saying: ‘Everybody wants him, I’m not going to hide it.’
Nevertheless, it is believed PSG are no longer in the running to sign the Dortmund wonderkid.
Since arriving at Dortmund in 2020, Bellingham has racked up 112 appearances and even taken on the captaincy, scoring 21 goals and assisting 19 more in the process.
He scored his first England goal on his World Cup debut in a 6-2 rout against Iran and played an integral role in Gareth Southgate’s midfield throughout the tournament.