Bellingham and Haaland were Borussia Dortmund teammates for two seasons before the latter joined Manchester City for what now looks like a derisory €60 million fee in the summer of 2021.
Bellingham followed Haaland out of Dortmund a year later, leaving for Real in a €103m deal, and has quickly made a mockery of even that figure with 17 goals across his first 23 games matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s start at the club.
But as well as rapidly proving himself to be Madrid’s best player, the young Englishman is also playing super-agent, attempting to persuade Haaland to join him at the Bernabeu as Kylian Mbappe drags his feet about making the move from PSG.
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Bellingham on the blower every week
“What I get is that Bellingham and Haaland are speaking almost every week,” Manu Carreno told the El Larguero podcast on Cadena SER. “Bellingham calls him and he tells him to come to Real Madrid.
“They already met at Dortmund and it seems that Haaland doesn’t like Manchester very much.”
Haaland is valued at €138m by FootballTransfers’ in-house algorithm, and he reportedly has a two-tiered release clause that would allow him to join a Premier League rival for €200m, or a club outside of England for €100m.
Such a fee would almost act as an invitation for Real should they fail to acquire Mbappe from Paris. Mbappe has reportedly been given a two-week deadline to accept Real’s offer to join them on a free transfer next summer, and he is yet to confirm his next step.
Haaland is more likely to join without Mbappe being there quite aside from the budget required to sign both – part of the reason he signed for City over Real in 2022 was that Karim Benzema provided significant competition up front.