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Liverpool handed Jude Bellingham heartbreak despite making ‘dizzying offer’ that was ‘a lot more money’



Liverpool handed Jude Bellingham heartbreak despite making ‘dizzying offer’ that was ‘a lot more money’

Liverpool are set to miss out on signing Jude Bellingham as a breakthrough new update emerges.

Liverpool are set to miss out on signing Jude Bellingham as Real Madrid have taken pole position ahead of the summer transfer window, despite the Reds reportedly offering more money.

Several outlets have reported the Englishman’s pending move to the Bernabéu, including Fabrizio Romano, who states that Madrid are “close to completing a deal.” Chief scout Juni Calafat has been crucial in the process of acquiring Bellingham and personal terms are “almost agreed.”

A meeting with Borussia Dortmund has been scheduled, which will see Madrid finally get their man if an agreement is reached, slamming the door shut on Liverpool and Manchester City, who were also in pursuit of the playmaker.

Jude Bellingham celebrates scoring a goal for Dortmund

Liverpool to miss out Jude Bellingham depite mega offer

Liverpool had initially withdrawn their interest in Bellingham due to his hefty asking price. However, a recent report from Football Insider claimed that the Reds were back in the running for the 19-year-old and were ‘pressing ahead’ with their plans to snap him up.

Jurgen Klopp’s priority this summer is to bolster his midfield, after identifying it as an area needing improvement ahead of the new season. Bellingham was at the top of Liverpool’s list for a long time, with other names including Chelsea’s Mason Mount also being linked.

A follow up report from Spanish outlet Marca has also revealed that Liverpool tabled a “dizzying offer” for Bellingham, as did Man City. The two Premier League sides were Madrid’s biggest competition in the race for Bellingham and were ‘putting up a lot more money’ than the La Liga giants.

Dortmund had made their peace with the fact Bellingham would be leaving the Black and Yellows and wanted to pocket €140 millon (£123m) through the sale. However, Madrid are said to be looking to pay between €100m (£88m) and €120m (£105m), according to Bild (via Marca).

If talks are finalised between the Spanish and German outfits, Liverpool will lose their main summer target and will need to up their game in signing alternatives.



Real Madrid have used Odegaard tactic to deny Liverpool again in transfer market with Bellingham raid

Real Madrid are reportedly closing in on the signing of Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund – and they appear to have repeated a previous tactic to beat Liverpool to the deal.

Fabrizio Romano claimed on Wednesday afternoon that Bellingham is now close to joining the Spanish giants, with negotiations heading into the final stages.

Personal terms are said to be ‘almost agreed’, with Real set to meet with Dortmund again to finalise the deal.

If completed, the deal will end months of speculation over Bellingham’s long-term future, with Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG, amongst others, all credited with an interest in signing the midfield star.

The 19-year-old signed for Dortmund in the summer of 2020 from Championship side Birmingham, and quickly became a key part of their side.

With World Cup experience now under his belt and over 125 appearances for his club side, Bellingham could be the signing that takes Real to the next level.

And according to reports, they turned to a tactic previously utilised to sign Martin Odegaard to convince the England star to make the Bernabeu his next destination.

Real ‘repeat Martin Odegaard tactic’

Romano claims that Real chief scout Juni Calafat was ‘crucial’ in negotiating personal terms with Bellingham.

Calafat has a strong track record when it comes to attracting elite players to the Bernabeu. He orchestrated the signings of Brazil stars Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, as well as convincing Federico Valverde to join Real from Uruguayan side Penarol for a fee of just €5 million.

That is according to ESPN, who also claim that the Spaniard did likewise with young midfielder Odegaard.

The Norwegian signed for the Spanish giants in 2015, at the age of 16, from Norwegian side Stromsgodset. He was rated as one of football’s top wonderkids at the time, and a reported fee of €3 million appeared to be incredible value.

But in six years at Real, Odegaard failed to live up to those predictions, and it took a move to Arsenal and working under the management of Mikel Arteta to unleash the elite ability he shows on a consistent basis in the Premier League.

He made just 11 appearances for Los Blancos, however, despite impressive loan spells at Vitesse, Real Sociedad and latterly Arsenal.

However, they did still make a healthy profit on the midfielder, with his move to the Emirates Stadium costing the Gunners an initial fee of €35 million plus add-ons.