Borussia Dortmund Sporting Director Sebastian Kehl has underlined that the club are prepared in the event that Jude Bellingham leaves this summer.
According to multiple reports over the course of the last few weeks, the transfer of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid has been inching closer and closer to completion. Dortmund Sporting Director Sebastian Kehl has made it clear that the club are ready for this eventuality, should it come to fruition:
"“Things will become apparent in the next few days and weeks. My tasks include being prepared for everything. I did that very conscientiously. And we would react accordingly. But nothing has happened at the moment.”"
Kehl is clearly keeping his cards close to his chest, but there have been many names linked with Dortmund as part of their midfield renaissance. Edson Álvarez looks to be close to joining the club, while Enzo Le Fée is also very much on Dortmund’s radar and looks to be their number one target to replace Bellingham in a positional sense, as replacing the Englishman and his output one for one would be a very difficult ask.
The offer on the table for Bellingham is said to be a contract until 2029. Los Blancos seem to be pushing for a fee of 100 million euros plus add-ons while Dortmund seem more keen on a valuation reaching 120 million plus add-ons. The club’s valuation is far from unreasonable considering the current market, with players of a similar or even lesser caliber going for fees exceeding 100 million euros.
It is of course imperative that Dortmund obtain a substantial sum for Bellingham’s transfer as there are multiple areas in need of reinforcement across Dortmund’s starting 11. Kehl and head coach Edin Terzić will have to work very carefully to identify the proper reinforcements so that Dortmund can remain competitive for the coming season.