The chase for Jude Bellingham is heating up, with Real Madrid and Liverpool now seemingly the two front runners to sign the young midfielder. Manchester City are not out of the picture and there are suggestions that Chelsea and Manchester United still have an interest in Bellingham.
In what could be a blow for Liverpool in their pursuit of the Englishman, Bundesliga insider and top BILD journalist Christian Falk has confirmed reports that Bellingham’s father Mark has recently met with representatives from Real Madrid to discuss his son’s future.
“Yes, Jude Bellingham’s father is speaking to Real Madrid and yes, he has met with the Spanish outfit,” wrote Falk.
“This hasn’t just taken place in London, as has been reported, but also the week before in the Spanish capital. But the important thing is that Jude himself has not yet made a decision and there’s still yet to be talks with Dortmund.
“Liverpool are still in the running, though it’s important to note that if Real are serious and the Reds aren’t ready to make a good offer soon, it will become an increasingly difficult situation for the latter.
“Jürgen Klopp has already admitted to himself: When it comes to money, Jude doesn’t stand a chance. That all being said, Bellingham isn’t motivated solely by money.”
It’s no secret that Bellingham is Klopp’s priority in terms of transfer business to he done and this news will not change that.
It’s clear that Bellingham is seriously considering his long-term future and weighing up all his options carefully.
Some have suggested that Liverpool is an overall more attractive prospect that Madrid, as Bellingham would be the centre-piece of a midfield for years to come under a new rebuilding project headed by Jurgen Klopp.
Whereas at Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti’s future is not as clear cut. Bellingham is also not necessarily guaranteed to start every game at the Bernabeu.