Manchester City are looking increasingly likely to become Jude Bellingham’s next club, according to reports.
The England international is one of the most highly sought after young talents in world football, with his current deal at Borussia Dortmund set to expire in 2025. But, as per the Daily Mail, is it looking ‘highly unlikely that he will see out his contract in Germany’.
They add that a strong World Cup could price Bellingham out of a move for ‘some time’ but believe City are viewed as the ‘likely winners of what would be a major transfer battle’, with Liverpool and Real Madrid also interested in signing the midfielder. The Mail report there is a ‘growing belief’ that City will sign Bellingham, and that initial conversations have been held between the two clubs.
However, this contradicts a report from ESPN last week which claimed Liverpool are ‘favourites’ to sign the former Birmingham City youngster, with Chelsea and Manchester United also said to be among those clubs who are keen on securing his signature. The outlet claims Bellingham is expected to move next summer for a fee close to €150m (£132m).
City’s pursuit of Bellingham comes amid recent reports that Ilkay Gundogan could depart the club next summer when his contract expires. He is one of just five senior midfielders at the Etihad along with Rodri, Kalvin Phillips, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.
The latter turns 32 next year, while Silva has also been repeatedly linked with a move away from City. Phillips, who joined last summer from Leeds United, has suffered with multiple injury issues in the last two years, although is set to return to the team on Wednesday for the EFL Cup third-round tie against Chelsea.
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