Real Madrid has agreed a deal to sign football star Jude Bellingham, the Brit’s club Borussia Dortmund declared on Wednesday June 7.
The German club said in a statement that Real Madrid will pay €103 million (110.4 million) in addition to other fees to acquire the 19-year-old.
Before finalizing the move, Bellingham will need to complete a medical.
Dortmund claims that an agreement has been reached regarding the payment of variable transfer fees up to a maximum total amount equal to approximately 30% of the amount of the fixed transfer fee.
Such variable transfer fees are dependent on Real Madrid’s achievement of certain sporting successes and/or the player’s sporting successes or performances during the next six seasons.
Bellingham, who has been highly sought after throughout his career, made the move to Dortmund in 2020 from Birmingham City, a second-tier English club, when he was 17 years old.
The midfielder immediately intrigued playing for the Bundesliga club, with his maturity and leadership characteristics at that young age.
Bellingham has even been named captain of the team multiple times this season, despite playing in front of a huge stadium at Signal Iduna Park with a lot on his plate.
He became a stalwart at Dortmund, starting over 30 league games in each of his last two seasons in Germany. He was known for his complete skillset, which included being calm on the ball, athletic, physical at defending, and capable of scoring goals.
He led the team in goal scoring this season, while also driving the Bundesliga in matches won, featuring his overall capacities.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzić said Bellingham was “the oldest 19-year-old I have ever seen.” He made these remarks due to his maturity on the field of play.
Bellingham was a crucial member of Gareth Southgate’s England national team and helped the team advance to the final of the 2020 European Championship.
After assisting England to reach the World Cup quarterfinals, his England teammate, Phil Foden, told ITV in December, he’s one of the most gifted players he has ever seen.
“I don’t see a weakness in his game, I think he’s got everything. I’m sure he’s going to be the best midfielder in the world.”
Multiple teams have reportedly been interested in acquiring Bellingham’s signature this summer but after Liverpool dropped out of the race to sign him, Real Madrid seemed the likeliest of destinations.
His arrival in the Spanish capital will complete a revamp of Madrid’s midfield core. Just a few years ago, Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos and Casemiro were helping the club to win multiple Champions League titles and La Liga success.
But now, with Casemiro at Manchester United and Modrić and Kroos in the final stages of their careers, Bellingham joins a midfield room which includes Aurélien Tchouaméni and Eduardo Camavinga, two of the most exciting talents in the world, as well as the all-action Federico Valverde.