Is Jude Bellingham’s €150m price tag justified?

Real Madrid are rumored to be seriously considering signing the England midfielder Jude Bellingham next summer from Borussia Dortmund, because the German club would have set a price of 150 million euros on any potential transfer for the player. Therefore, there are now two major questions to be answered in this matter: Is the midfielder’s price tag justified? Is the price justified for Los Blancos?

The short answer to whether or not the price is reasonable for the midfielder is yes. In the current transfer market, 150 million euros for a talent like him is reasonable. He is able to break lines well, create chances out of thin air and has a good sense of goal. There is talk of an “English tax” on him, but we don’t see it here.

We’ll have to bear in mind the type of market we’re in and we’ve seen some insane transfer figures. Therefore, any team that gets Bellingham for €150m will consider it a bargain, especially remembering that he is only 19 years old. If he’s that good now, you can only imagine how much better he’ll get 23 or 24 years from now.

However, if we look at this in the context of whether or not it’s worth paying the €150m for Real Madrid, there are a few things to consider.

Bringing in Bellingham for a hefty fee may cause problems for Real Madrid

Put Bellingham on any team and he’ll be fine. He will fit in and shake things up. But at €150m you pretty much tell him and the world that the Englishman is a starter. He’s good enough to be in most teams, but that automatically complicates things at Madrid.

Currently, Real Madrid midfielders are Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Dani Ceballos. This of course assumes that Federico Valverde stays on the right wing, but it’s also worth noting that his future lies in the center of midfield, so it remains to be seen whether that will be in the coming season or later.

The question here becomes the future of these players. Aside from Camavinga and Tchouameni, no one else has a future at the club yet. Modric’s contract runs out next summer but if he can maintain his current form he will receive another one-year extension, Kroos’ future is undecided with recent reports claiming he could opt to take his retirement at the end of this season, and Ceballos has a contract ending this summer, so it’s unclear if Real Madrid decide to offer him a renewal.

If two of those three players end up leaving, then you’ll have Camavinga, Valverde and Tchouameni. Is it worth bringing in Bellingham and benching one of those others?

Valverde can stay on the right wing which frees up a place in midfield, but then you also continue to hinder the development of Rodrygo goes who has continued to improve and deserves to be given the additional responsibility on the right wing very soon.

Bringing in Bellingham will certainly complicate things a bit at the club and so the final question becomes: is bringing him in worth complicating things?

There are certain players that we cannot pass up like Tchouameni (even when Casemiro was still at the club) or the pursuit of Kylian Mbappe. These are the types of players that you bring in when you get the chance and figure things out afterwards because they’re just good. Does Bellingham fall into this category? This is an extremely difficult question to answer and there are sure to be conflicting opinions as to whether or not he really is what many people may call “generational”.

He is definitely awesome and could potentially be one of the best midfielders in the years to come. If Real Madrid decide not to bring Bellingham in this summer then the chance to sign him disappears along with many other top clubs. like liverpool do what they can to make a transfer happen during the summer window.

Whether or not Real Madrid pay for his services, there is a risk either way. But maybe the risk is worth it.

Eleanor C. William