Jude Bellingham has reportedly made his final decision on his transfer this summer. According to Spanish outlet AS, the English midfielder has decided he wants to move to Real Madrid next summer. The report states that negotiations between Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have been ongoing and are moving in the direction of a swift agreement.
The main question thus far has not been if Bellingham would be making a transfer, but more who he would be signing with. A broad selection of clubs have been put forward, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid. Whilst Liverpool decided not to pursue the signing of Bellingham due to the high costs, the other three clubs were still in the running.
Yet the hunt for Bellingham now seems to have come to a halt and that is mainly due to the midfielder himself. The England international has held talks with delegations from all interested clubs and in the end Madrid seem to have offered the best package to sign Bellingham on a long-term and well-paid contract. Negotiations between Madrid and Dortmund have already started and will be continued over the next couple of weeks.
However, that does not change the fact that a transfer to Madrid can still fall through for Bellingham. Although the Spaniards are very interested, they are not prepared to simply meet Dortmund’s asking price and pay up. The Germans are asking at least 150 million euros, Madrid doesn’t seem to want to go further than 120 million euros and some additional performance bonuses.