The transfer of Jude Bellingham has already been confirmed, as the 19-year-old made a switch to Real Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for a reported fee of €103m.
The England international was well-sought-after by Liverpool and Manchester City before he opted to settle for Madrid.
Bellingham stated during his first comments as a Madrid player that, players from other clubs tried to convince him to join their clubs, but his mind was already fixated on Madrid.
Transfer journalist, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the claim by revealing that both Jordan Henderson and Erling Haaland are particularly guilty of this.
“It’s really close now for Mateo Kovacic to join Manchester City … It’s very clear Kovacic is not going to extend his contract with Chelsea, and he agreed personal terms with Man City a few days ago. This deal now looks imminent,” Romano said, per CaughtOffside.
“Of course, with Ilkay Gundogan out of contract and his future still unclear, it was necessary for City to sign a midfielder like this, and I think it could be an underrated piece of business, even if City fans might have been excited about links with Jude Bellingham earlier in the summer.
“Just to be clear with Bellingham, who mentioned being approached by players from other clubs when he spoke at his Real Madrid unveiling last week, he made up his mind to move to Real back in April. It’s normal for players to try convincing their international teammates or former club teammates to follow them, it’s nothing new, but Bellingham’s mind was made up.
“Players like Jordan Henderson, Erling Haaland, all of them tried to discuss Bellingham’s future with him, but it’s absolutely normal and it’s not a decisive factor in how a player picks their next move.”