Fabrizio Romano has told CaughtOffside that Jude Bellingham does not have a release clause in his contract at Borussia Dortmund. The well-known and well-respected journalist has claimed that German club Dortmund are well aware that if Bellingham has a good World Cup with England in Qatar, then his price will go up.
Romano has claimed that Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid all are keen on signing Bellingham from Dortmund.
The Italian journalist told CaughtOffSide: “I can tell you, we’re going to have a crazy few months of rumours ahead involving Jude Bellingham.
“But, it’s still important to stress that Borussia Dortmund are not negotiating with any clubs as of today – they will set their final asking price after the World Cup, there is no release clause in his contract.
“This is an important detail, because Dortmund are aware that Bellingham’s performances at the World Cup will surely affect his market value.
“Some rumours will be true, some will be untrue, that is part of the game. What I know for sure is that all the top European clubs will be there for Bellingham – some have started contacts, others are still waiting to join the race.
“To start with, Liverpool will be there – they want Bellingham, they also wanted Aurelien Tchouameni earlier this year. Now a priority for Liverpool is to sign a top midfielder, and they saved money this summer because they signed Arthur Melo on loan. Bellingham is now their priority.
“Man City and United will also be there, but watch out for Real Madrid – they sold Casemiro to Manchester United and they have two fantastic, but ageing midfield players in Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
“This is why Bellingham is on Real’s list, but it’s important to remember the player doesn’t have an agreement with any club yet. Everything is open, and it will take time.
“Chelsea are thinking of a new midfielder as well – they wanted Frenkie de Jong this summer, and they have N’Golo Kante’s difficult contract situation. Bellingham is attracting interest from Chelsea, so let’s see what happens with this long list of clubs.”
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