REAL MADRID are reportedly planning a sensational £78m swoop for Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham.
The 18-year-old international, who is under contract until 2025, has been heavily linked with moves to Liverpool and Manchester United – with Jurgen Klopp’s side reportedly making a formal offer.
However, Spanish and European champions Real Madrid could well steal the teenager from Premier League sides.
According to Cadena Ser, Los Blancos are keen to sign Dortmund in the summer of 2023.
That’s because they’re confident Vinicius Junior will have a Spanish passport by the end of next season – freeing up a non-EU spot in their squad.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side currently have a full quota of non-EU players in their squad.
But they remain keen on Bellingham and hope a £78m price tag can see him swayed from the Bundesliga side.
Bellingham has scored 10 goals and provided 18 assists in 90 games for the German team.
Dortmund don’t want to sell the midfielder this summer because they just lost Erling Haaland to Manchester City – less than 12 months after Jadon Sancho was sold to Manchester United.
Bellingham’s sacking next year would give Madrid time to work on negotiations for the player as they look to give their midfield new legs.
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The Spanish giants won the Champions League this year with an aging trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro.
And while all three remain impressive players, Madrid are clearly interested in bringing out the next generation.
They already have 19-year-old Eduardo Camavinga in their midst – a player who was key to their Champions League triumph.
Aurelien Tchouameni has also been signed by the club, with Bellingham possibly the last player in Madrid’s future midfield trio.
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