Real Madrid face 'sabotage' attempt in Bellingham transfer

James Shearman
  • Updated: 9 Jan 2023 19:09 GMT
  • 3 min read
Jude Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund, 2022/23

Real Madrid face competition for Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jude Bellingham.

According to Fichajes, Paris Saint-Germain will try to 'sabotage' Bellingham's potential move to Santiago Bernabeu.

Madrid had emerged as favourites to sign the 19-year-old at the end of the season, but it seems PSG have other ideas.

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The Ligue 1 leaders ruined Madrid's plans of signing Kylian Mbappe last summer, and they deal another huge blow with the capture of Bellingham.

The England international is also wanted by Premier League clubs Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Will Madrid sign another wonderkid?

While Madrid boast arguably the strongest midfield in world football, the La Liga side could lose veteran duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric at the end of the season.

Real are hoping to keep hold of their senior stars for at least another year, to accompany youngsters Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni, but the club are also aware that they will need to be replaced eventually.

Bellingham is understood to be the club’s top target but Enzo Fernandez is being considered as an alternative should the 19-year-old prove unobtainable, with Dortmund seeking a fee of around €125m.

While Ancelotti may be satisfied with his young trio at the club, the departure of Modric and Kroos would see Real requiring depth in midfield, particularly with Valverde often featuring in a more advanced role on the right flank.

Real paid €100m to sign Tchouameni last summer, with the Frenchman being Madrid’s only outlay in the summer, insinuating that the club are willing to splash out on a single player if they believe it to be the right signing.

Bellingham is thought to have been approved by the club’s scouts and initial contact having been made with the England star’s representatives, so it is likely that Madrid will push to sign him even if Ancelotti appears content with his current options in midfield.