Following his arrival from Birmingham City in 2020 for €25m, Jude Bellingham (19) has established himself as a key player for Borussia Dortmund. The central-midfielder is the only non-Premier League player in Gareth Southgate’s England squad and he’s now using the World Cup to announce himself on a global stage.
With each passing game at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Lothar Matthäus believes Bellingham is adding millions to his valuation. Speaking to Bild, the former World Cup winner said: “Jude Bellingham is becoming more expensive with every World Cup game. BVB will have another windfall in the summer.”
That is of course if Bellingham leaves in the summer. Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke will conduct discussions with the Englishman and those responsible after the World Cup, to discuss his future. Bellingham has a contract until 2025 but is attracting interest from Europe’s elite clubs.
Matthäus added: “Bellingham can advance into the [Ousmane] Dembélé dimension. I think €130m to €150m is realistic. If he continues to do so well at the World Cup, he might even bring in more than €150m to BVB. His age, his achievements and the interest of many clubs make such a prize possible.”
Borussia Dortmund sold Dembélé (then 20) to Barcelona in 2017 for a record €130m. Dortmund received €85m for Jadon Sancho in 2021, €64m for Christian Pulisic in 2018, €65m for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2017 and €60m for Erling Haaland in the summer.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder