Jude Bellingham is once again the subject of juicy Transfer Gossip. He has decided who he will play for next season, apparently! Also: Harry Kane at Chelsea? Surely not…
JUDE THE GALACTIC
The race to sign Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham has been fierce, with Liverpool recently folding over fears he will be too expensive. This left Manchester City and Real Madrid top, while Manchester United had little hope of being able to seal a deal.
Choosing between City and Real is not easy. The latter are the champions of Europe. Los Blancos. The Galactics. Meanwhile, City are an incredibly good football club with one of the best managers of all time. However, it would appear that Bellingham wants to ply his trade in the Spanish capital.
According to AS, Bellingham «chose Madrid». After the «yes» to the move, the Liga giants will begin negotiations with Dortmund «in the next few days». The 19-year-old believes Real Madrid are the best «sports option» for him. This is obviously a huge boost for Real, who didn’t intend to open talks with the German side until they had Bellingham’s blessing, the report said.
However, Madrid are adamant they will pay no more than €120m (£106m), which could potentially hamper their pursuit. Fees close to €150m have been floated in recent months and if City are willing to pay it, the English teenager could wear baby blue next season.
Under contract until 2026, Dortmund were hoping to get Bellingham another season but decided long ago that they would switch clubs this summer.
Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and now Jude Bellingham. The future is rosy at the Bernabeu.
KANE DO YOU BELIEVE IT?!
From a transfer saga involving one English star to another.
Tottenham are rightfully shitting their pants ahead of the summer transfer window with Harry Kane entering the final year of his contract. It is very unlikely that he will sign a new contract and it is difficult to blame him. Manchester United and Bayern Munich have been closely linked to the 29-year-old and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would obviously much prefer selling to a foreign club. Unfortunately for him, Kane has his sights firmly set on breaking Alan Shearer’s Premier League goalscoring record.
Should Levy rule out his star player from moving to Old Trafford, Kane would apparently be willing to reduce his contract to leave for nothing. Both scenarios are beyond the unthinkable and wouldn’t go over well with Spurs fans, it’s fair to say.
An even more unthinkable situation would be for Kane to move to London rivals Chelsea. The Blues will appoint former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as their next permanent manager, and this has led to some rumors that he will be reunited with the England captaincy.
According to talkSPORT, Spurs chairman Levy is «preparing» for an approach from Todd Boehly, who is expected to prioritize a new forward this summer.
Kane and Pochettino spent five years together in north London and developed a «special bond». It’s not going well from a Spurs perspective, it has to be said.
BRIGHTON WANTS EXPERT ENGLISH
At the age of 37, James Milner is an in-demand player as he nears the end of his contract with Liverpool. He made 850 senior career appearances, including 326 with the Reds, and is still as fit as a fiddle. Obviously he’s outplayed him better than he is, which is understandable, but he would certainly be a worthwhile player to have around for another Premier League team.
And The Athletic say Brighton are very interested in taking him on a free transfer. They are ‘preparing’ a move for Milner, but they are not the only club interested. Jurgen Klopp apparently ‘wants to keep him’ but the club hierarchy have no desire to offer the experienced midfielder a new contract.
Roberto De Zerbi believes Milner ‘would provide them with the quality, experience, leadership and depth’ needed if Brighton were to qualify for Europe.
The report says championship winners Burnley are also thrilled. Clarets boss Vincent Kompany played under Milner at Manchester City.
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