Jude Bellingham’s outstanding performances have boosted his transfer value ahead of what is being predicted as a ‘crazy’ battle for his signature next summer.

The midfielder starred for England during the recent international break and is now the fifth most valuable player in world football at the age of 19.

Bellingham has shone for England, with teammate Declan Rice describing him as ‘a young man with an old head’

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Bellingham has shone for England, with teammate Declan Rice describing him as ‘a young man with an old head’

According to latest figures from Transfermarkt, Bellingham is valued at £81million – that’s only second in the Premier League to Erling Haaland, and above midfield stars Kevin de Bruyne and Bruno Fernandes [both £76.5m].

Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe is ranked as the most valuable player in the world at £144m, with Haaland second at £135m, Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior third at £108m and Barcelona’s Pedri rated as the same value as Bellingham.

This comes ahead of what is setting up to be many months of speculation over the former Birmingham City ace’s future in Germany, with as many as FIVE elite clubs ready to fight it out.

And while his transfer value might be around the £80m mark, it’s likely Dortmund will demand much more due to his age, remarkable talent and potential to improve even more, with reports he could fetch up to £130m when the summer transfer window opens.

Liverpool have been strongly linked with an interest in the Three Lions youngster, and have been tipped to make their move next summer at the insistence of manager Jurgen Klopp after missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni to Real Madrid.

The Reds are not alone, and while reports in Spain had claimed Bellingham has already decided to join Real Madrid, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has cast doubt on those claims by claiming a host of top clubs are keen and ‘nothing is decided yet’.

Bellingham has 13 goals and 18 assists in 100 games for Borussia Dortmund

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Bellingham has 13 goals and 18 assists in 100 games for Borussia Dortmund


“This is going to be the new kind of Erling Haaland race with many clubs involved, and crazy months of rumours about Jude Bellingham,” said the transfer guru on his YouTube channel.

“But it’s very important to understand one point – Borussia Dortmund are not negotiating with any club at the moment. There are no talks ongoing. 

“Dortmund will make their final price after the World Cup. There is no official clause included in Bellingham’s contract, so they can make the price, and they will discuss it after the World Cup because the performance of Bellingham at the World Cup could influence the price tag.

“All the top European giants will be there. Some of them have already started contact, some of them are waiting to enter into the race, but let’s mention some clubs…

“Liverpool will be there. They wanted Tchouameni earlier this year, but it was impossible to change his mind and he wanted Real Madrid, so for Liverpool the priority next summer is to sign a new midfielder and they saved money during the summer by signing Arthur Melo on loan, so Bellingham will be a priority.

Arthur joined Liverpool on loan as a stop-gap, but Bellingham is believed to be Klopp’s key target to rebuild his midfield

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Arthur joined Liverpool on loan as a stop-gap, but Bellingham is believed to be Klopp’s key target to rebuild his midfield

“Man City will also be there, they will go for a new midfielder next summer and Bellingham is highly rated. 

“Manchester United are always thinking of Bellingham, they know they are not in an easy position, but they will try to explore this opportunity.

“We know how strong Chelsea are on a financial point of view, and they are thinking of a new midfielder next summer. They wanted Frenkie de Jong this summer and next summer there is the situation of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho’s contracts, so they go for a new midfielder and Bellingham is attracting interest.

“And then, Real Madrid – not just English clubs – they sold Casemiro to Manchester United at the end of the summer transfer window and next summer it could be the case to go for a new midfielder.

Real Madrid will be searching for a long-term replacement for Modric, who at 37 is edging closer to retirement

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Real Madrid will be searching for a long-term replacement for Modric, who at 37 is edging closer to retirement

“Even if they signed Tchouameni and have Camavinga, fantastic players for the future, they also have players like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos who are on short contracts, so this is why Bellingham is also on Real Madrid’s list and everything is absolutely open.

“So there will be many clubs in the race, but the player has no agreement with any club yet, so everything is in discussion and everything will take time. 

“Bellingham is not deciding now, or this week or next week. All these clubs will be there.

“And Borussia Dortmund will for sure try to do their business early again, not at the end of July or August, they will try to hold discussions around April, May and June.”

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