Real Madrid is already plotting their moves for the following transfer windows as the globe waits for the summer transfer window of 2022.
In recent years, Los Blancos have secured the services of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga to assure the future of their midfield. A creative midfielder who can venture into attacking positions is one missing component.
The club has picked Jude Bellingham as the ideal candidate to fill that role. The Borrusia Dortmund prodigy is one of the most sought-after prospects in European football, and Real Madrid, along with Liverpool, is among the leading contenders to recruit him.
According to reports from Diario AS, Liverpool is willing to pay over €100 million for the Englishman’s services. Needless to say, a big battle between Real Madrid and Jurgen Klopp’s side awaits in the coming window.
The Merseyside team faces a problem similar to Los Blancos concerning their aging midfield core. Jordan Henderson and James Milner are at the tail end of their careers, while Thiago Alcantara is also in his thirties. So, a replacement in the middle of the park is the need of the hour.
Bellingham still has three years left on his deal in Germany and any interested party will have to shell out a premium price for his services. However, Liverpool has the advantage of being in his home country, a factor that could be decisive in the race.
The 19-year-old made 32 Bundesliga starts for Dortmund last season, scoring three goals and giving eight assists. Furthermore, he averaged over 12 defensive actions every 90 minutes.
Real Madrid sees Bellingham as the ideal long-term replacement for Luka Modric, so it will be intriguing to see if Los Merengues are willing to match Liverpool’s ambitions and pay €100 million or more at him next summer.