Real Madrid reach agreement with Borussia Dortmund to sign Jude Bellingham

David Ornstein of The Athletic has reported that Real Madrid have agreed terms with Borrussia Dortmund over the signing of Jude Bellingham.

Los Blancos are set to pay the German side upwards of €100m (£86m) for the English international, putting the deal among the most valuable transfers in the history of both clubs. Furthermore, as per Fabrizio Romano, add-ons included in the deal could rise to 30% of the agreed fixed price.

The 19-year-old will undergo a medical in the coming days, and whilst the official signing of the deal- which will run until 2029- has not yet been completed, it is seen as a formality.

Despite having several other potential suitors, such as Premier League champions Manchester City, the precocious midfielder is said to prefer a move to Madrid over any other club, with the Spanish side displaying their desire for the player having been in negotitations with Dortmund for several weeks.

The agreement will see Bellingham add to a raft of talented midfielders already playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, such as Eduardo Camavinga (20) Aurélien Tchouaméni (23) and Federico Valverde (24). Not to mention veterans Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who are each expected to sign one-year contract extensions as they look to build on the four Champions Leagues they have won together at the club.

As per Transfermarkt, BVB signed the Englishman for €25m from his boyhood side Birmingham City in 2019 and he has developed significantly ever since, making 132 appearances in his four years at the club and most recently winning the 2022/23 Bundesliga player of the season- as the Black and Yellows narrowly missed out on winning their first title since the 2011/12 season.

Meanwhile, Madrid are now set to focus their attention on replacing the outgoing Karim Benzema this summer, with Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and Tottenham’s Harry Kane being the key targets on their shortlist.

Travis Levison | Get Football

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