The Lowdown: Contrasting updates
Several Premier League clubs alongside the Sky Blues, including Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, have all been heavily linked with the teenager, though the same outlet state that he is set to snub these sides for a move to La Liga.
The Latest: City still targeting Bellingham
Taking to Twitter, Jacobs denied such claims and insisted that City remain in the race to sign Bellingham, with his former teammate already trying to convince him to put pen to paper. He wrote:
“Am told Bellingham has not ‘picked’ Real just yet. He’s keeping his options open. Definitely a move that’s of appeal, but Liverpool and Manchester City still very much involved in an open race. Erling Haaland has already told him to join.”
The Verdict: Gundogan replacement
Ilkay Gundogan will be turning 32 next month, and with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Bellingham would be a suitable long-term replacement for the City captain.
The England international currently averages three dribbles, 2.6 shots and 2.9 tackles per Bundesliga game (WhoScored), showing his ability to affect the game at both ends of the pitch.
Bellingham’s existing connection to Haaland should give City a significant advantage in the race for his signature, so this will definitely be one to watch in the weeks ahead.
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