Man City are ‘ready to make Jude Bellingham a key part of their midfield revamp next summer but will wait to see if Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan stay before deciding on how much to invest’… as they battle Liverpool for the £120m-rated star
- Bellingham has attracted interest from Europe’s top clubs with his performances
- He is contracted at Borussia Dortmund until 2025 but has held talks with club
- Man City are keen on him but will wait to decide on how much to invest
- Pep Guardiola wants to see if Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan stay first
Manchester City are reportedly willing to base their midfield revamp around Jude Bellingham next summer – but will wait on the futures of Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva first before deciding how much to invest.
Pep Guardiola is looking to overhaul things in the middle of the park with a few of his players not getting any younger, but City won’t break the bank until they know whether Gundogan and Silva are set to commit to the club, according to ESPN.
Gundogan’s contract at the club ends this summer – while Silva’s deal runs until 2025, but the Portguese star has been strongly linked with an exit.
Manchester City reportedly want to base their midfield overhaul around Jude Bellingham
But City will wait to see if Bernardo Silva (L) and Ilkay Gundogan stay before deciding on how much to invest in the teenager
Pep Guardiola is looking to revamp his midfield in the summer, especially if Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva leave the Etihad
If Man City do face an overhaul in midfield, Bellingham – who is rated at £120m – is the man they want to lead them into the future as they look to convince him to join the Etihad over Liverpool and Real Madrid.
However, the 19-year-old remains Liverpool’s key target and both English clubs will have to fight the might of Real Madrid, who reportedly lead the race for his signature.
Borussia Dortmund expect the highly sought-after midfielder to decide his future in the coming weeks, according to 90min.
Bellingham has joined the Dortmund squad in Marbella after holding crunch talks with the club over his future
Bellingham, who was granted three weeks off after the World Cup, travelled with the German squad to Marbella for a winter training camp on Friday after holding crunch talks with the club – but he is yet to decide where he will end up.
The teenage sensation, who starred for England in Qatar, is contracted at Dortmund until 2025 but the Germans are willing to let him go and will cash in a heavy fee in doing so.
AS claim that Real Madrid lead the race to sign Bellingham with Dortmund placing a minimum transfer fee of £88m on him, plus £35m in add-ons.
Bellingham was granted three weeks off after his stellar performances for England at the World Cup
Real have already lodged their interest with relations between their president Florentino Perez and Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke cordial.
Bellingham was part of the England side eliminated by France in the World Cup quarter-finals on December 10.
Dortmund aren’t in competitive action until their home fixture against Augsburg on January 22. They sit sixth in the standings after 15 games, some nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich.