Real Madrid are set to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund this summer, putting an end to the Reds’ hopes of acquiring the midfielder. Liverpool seemingly doesn’t have a real chance to sign their other target, ex-Monaco player Aurelien Tchouameni either.
Bellingham’s possible contract at Madrid
Real Madrid have emerged as the winner in the race for Jude Bellingham, as per Marca’s report titled “The signing of Bellingham, ready.” According to Marca, Bellingham is set to sign a six-year contract and will join the club on June 30th, subject to final negotiations with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer fee.
Dortmund are said to want €140m while Madrid would prefer to pay between €110m and €120m. However, Marca suggests that this difference is not a deal-breaker, as the two clubs share a friendly relationship.
Bellingham will be entirely focused on Dortmund’s attempt to win their first Bundesliga championship in 10 years, thus complete confirmation of Bellingham’s transfer to Madrid will have to wait.
Despite offers from Liverpool and Manchester City, Bellingham was impressed with the “Madrid sports project,” which prioritizes young players and their success in the Champions League.
Tchouameni ruled out for Liverpool
The report also cites the success of the “Tchoauméni and Camavinga method” in attracting Bellingham to Madrid. Tchoaumeni was Liverpool’s top midfield target last summer before Madrid swooped in, leaving Klopp to lament his failure to sign a quality midfielder.
This transfer news is a significant blow to Liverpool, who were reportedly interested in signing Tchoauméni this summer, again. The Reds were also in the running for Bellingham, making the loss of both players to Madrid all the more disappointing.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp previously expressed frustration at his team’s failure to secure a top midfield target last summer, and it seems history is repeating itself.
“We were going for a midfielder who decided to go to another club, which can happen,”
Klopp said at the end of August, explaining why Liverpool hadn’t acquired a quality midfielder while insisting that they didn’t require one, then discovering that they did.
Madrid’s success in luring these talented young players away from their rivals highlights the club’s reputation as one of the biggest and best in the world.
Tchoaumeni’s situation at Madrid
Although Tchoaumeni has had a difficult phase lately, falling out of favor and struggling with form, Carlo Ancelotti is still committed to working with the midfielder to maximize his output. The coach believes that Tchoaumeni has “enormous” potential and can become a crucial element in Madrid’s midfield.
Madrid reportedly considers Aurelien Tchoaumeni “untransferable” and intends to build a new midfield featuring the likes of Tchouameni and Bellingham, with Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga also long-term options.
Liverpool knew that signing Tchoaumeni would be impossible, regardless of Bellingham’s move to Madrid. While missing out on the French international is a blow, next season could see Tchoauméni finally take his game to the next level at Madrid with Bellingham alongside him.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will have to look elsewhere for their midfield reinforcements, having missed out on Bellingham and Tchouaméni. The Reds must find it frustrating that their European opponents have twice outbid them.
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