Despite only playing one game so far, the 2022 Qatar World Cup has already shown that Jude Bellingham is a star that all of the top clubs will be fighting over.
Monday’s goal against Iran was the England midfielder’s 10th of the season, adding to the nine he has scored for Borussia Dortmund.
That’s an incomparable attacking output from a player who also knows how to recover the ball, which, at 19 years of age, makes him one of the most coveted players on the European market.
Real Madrid were clear from the beginning that Bellingham was the missing piece to complete the sweet transition from the historic midfield formed by Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric to the one that Fede Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni have already begun to create.
Which clubs want to sign Jude Bellingham?
But, Los Blancos not alone in the fight. Liverpool are emerging as the great rival of Florentino Perez in the fight for the signing of the England international.
Jurgen Klopp is pushing for the club to put all its weight behind the signing of the player born in Stourbridge in 2003.
Manchester City also want to sign Bellingham, who built a good friendship with Erling Haaland during his time in Dortmund. That is a trump card that the Citizens wants to take advantage of to establish a strong position in the negotiations.
Borussia Dortmund know they’ll lose Jude Bellingham
What seems clear is that, at this point, Borussia Dortmund seem resigned to losing another star in the making, as happened in the case of the Norwegian, who migrated to the Etihad in the summer.
The German club’s CEO, Hans-Joachim Watzke, anticipates news on his player’s future very soon after the World Cup in Qatar.
“I think as soon as the World Cup is over we will have a general discussion about what he really wants,” he told Bild before the tournament in Qatar.
“We’ll speak with him, with his parents, with whom we have a very close relationship, and, of course, with his advisor.
“The player must tell us if he wants to stay or if he wants to leave. In both cases, we will have a very nice and reasonable discussion.
“But we can’t pretend that the issue is not on the table. If the really big clubs are involved, then we can’t afford to have a financial fight.”