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Will Jude Bellingham move this January? Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City, Real Madrid and PSG have all been linked with a move for the England star
The England youngster is the hottest property in European football after excelling at the World Cup.
Jude Bellingham is perhaps at the very top of the list of world football’s most in-demand players after his exploits for England at the World Cup.
The 19-year-old’s stock was high before the tournament but his dynamic performances on the biggest stage have taken things to another level.
It seems inevitable, then, that the Borussia Dortmund youngster will make a big-money move to one of Europe’s super clubs in the near future, possibly even in January.
The big question is: which one will he join?
Bellingham to Liverpool
Liverpool have, according to the rumour mill, been the most enthusiastic and persistent in their pursuit of Bellingham.
Those links have gone into overdrive ahead of the January transfer window following the comments made by manager Jurgen Klopp.
"I don't like to talk about money when you talk about a player like him. Everyone can see he is just exceptional," Klopp said of Bellingham. "If you mention to someone who has no clue about football, or who knows about football and has not watched it for a while (and ask) 'How old do you think Jude Bellingham is?', I don't think anyone would get even close to his age.
"They would say 28 or 29 because he plays so maturely. He played an exceptional World Cup. Absolutely exceptional. With all the things he has and things he can improve, to describe him I would say the things he can do are difficult to learn, and the things he can improve are easy to learn.
"So, yes, he is a really good player. What can I say? I have thought that already for two or three years since he had his breakthrough at Dortmund."
A refreshed midfield is clearly a priority for Klopp with Thiago, James Milner and Jordan Henderson approaching the end of their peak years and who better to bring in than Bellingham, a player with all the attributes to excel in the German’s high pressing, intense style of play.
Liverpool are reportedly the frontrunners to sign the teenager, although the competition is likely to be fierce.
Bellingham to Real Madrid
There are already a couple of midfield wonderkids at Real Madrid in Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni.
But Florentino Perez has never been one to avoid indulgence. Los Blancos clearly intend to pack their midfield full of future Galacticos, with Bellingham potentially the final piece of the puzzle.
The appeal of Real Madrid is obvious and often gives the Spanish club an edge - aside from their obvious financial might - in battles for coveted players.
The European champions have reportedly attempted to sway Bellingham with the prospect of winning the Ballon d’Or, though that theoretically is more than achievable at any of the clubs involved in the race.
But will the glamour of Real Madrid tempt the England international? Or is a move back to England his preference?
Bellingham to Chelsea
If Bellingham does truly want to test himself in the Premier League, he’ll have no shortage of options.
Chelsea are, predictably, interested in the Dortmund man, but they are very much outsiders as things stand.
After a worrying start to the season and a run of poor form before the World Cup, a top four finish and Champions League football is hardly a guarantee for Graham Potter’s team.
The opportunity to link up with England team-mate Mason Mount in midfield might appeal to Bellingham, but a move to Stamford Bridge seems unlikely as things stand.
The Chelsea hierarchy will get a chance to watch the Birmingham-born teenager in action when they face Dortmund in the Champions League last 16 next year, with both legs exclusively live on BT Sport.
Bellingham to Manchester City
Man City boss Pep Guardiola is one of many admirers of Bellingham and it would hardly be a surprise if the Premier League champions flexed their financial muscle to get a deal over the line.
“He was 17 when he arrived [at Dortmund] but it was not just about his quality, how he was leading, his kicking, going to the referee,” Guardiola said after his side played Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this season.
“This guy was something special in terms of his mentality. Now he is 19 and he is already one of the captains. The quality, everybody knows it. The whole package is really good.”
Bellingham, of course, has a ready-made understanding with Erling Haaland after the two played together in Germany.
And, like Liverpool, City are beginning to look to the future with Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan now in their 30s so he could be the ideal replacement in the engine room.
Bellingham to Paris Saint-Germain
PSG might not have the history and prestige of some of the other interested parties, but there is no doubt that the financial package on offer and the prospect of playing alongside the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe could prove tempting.
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi hasn’t minced his words when discussing Bellingham. “Amazing player, what a player. England are lucky to have him, to be honest,” he said.
“He's one of the best players in the tournament, amazing. First World Cup, calm and relaxed - but confident. Amazing.
“Listen, everybody wants him, I'm not going to hide it. But respectfully, he's in his club. If we want him, we're going to talk to his club.”
Dortmund might expect a call from the Ligue 1 champions in the coming months, then. Where Bellingham chooses to go, though, remains to be seen.
The England youngster very much has the world at his feet and a raft of Europe's biggest clubs at his door.