The signing of Erling Haaland by Manchester City and the re-signing of Kylian Mbappe by Paris Saint-Germain has reset the European football landscape.
There is a shortage of stars. Clubs are scouring the market for new stars and the 19-year-old Bellingham has become the most coveted headliner.
Liverpool made a bid last summer and they’re not the only English club following him closely.
Manchester United, City and Chelsea also have him in their sights, and he’s also being strongly tipped as a possible replacement for the Toni Kroos-Luka Modric pairing at Real Madrid.
But whoever wants him already knows what they have to pay. According to The Athletic, Borussia Dortmund have valued him at 150 million euros.
Bellingham’s early career
Bellingham has continued to grow since becoming Birmingham City‘s youngest-ever first-team player (aged 16 years, one month and eight days) in the 2019/20 EFL Cup.
The Spaniard Pep Clotet was manager at the time and responsible for giving him the opportunity
“I saw a maturity as a footballer, a reading of the game and a physical intensity superior to the rest,” Clotet said.
“All he needed was to correct details, integrate him into the group, give him confidence.”
Less than a year later, the Blues sold him for 25 million euros and retired his shirt number!
Bellingham’s Bundesliga record
In Germany, he continued to collect records: he became the youngest Borussia Dortmund goalscorer in history (aged 17 years, 2 months and 16 days), but was overtaken by Youssoufa Moukoko shortly afterwards.
He is also the youngest Englishman (17 years and 113 days) to start a Champions League match and the second youngest (17 years and 281 days) to score in the competition.
“His mentality, his willingness to work for the team, the intensity with which he plays, his desire to win and the solutions he finds make him an extraordinary player,” said his then coach Marco Rose.
“I always said that I didn’t see his ceiling. He is a very versatile midfielder who can contribute in both attack and defence,” insists Clotet.
Aitor Karanka, Clotet‘s successor at Birmingham, was left wanting to have him under his command: “He’s a modern box-to-box player. It’s a pity I didn’t get to work with him.
“His leadership at such a young age is impressive and he covers a lot of ground.”
And Bellingham’s statistics prove he’s a total footballer.
In the Bundesliga this season he’s in the top 10 for shots taken (18), most passes in the final third (35), most drives into the opponent’s box (13), most successful passes (363) and is the third-most-fouled in the league (22).
Defensively, he also stands out. Bellingham has the second most successful tackles (16) and the tenth most successful pressures (120).
“We don’t even know how good he is. We’re trying to figure out where his limit is going to be,” says his current coach Edin Terzic.