Arsenal already have a £76m player just as valuable as Jude Bellingham despite failed deal
Jude Bellingham played a starring role as Borussia Dortmund’s 2021/22 Champions League campaign got off to a flyer.
A goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Besiktas made the 18-year-old the talk of the town on social media, with some Arsenal fans naming the England international as a dream signing for future transfer windows.
Of course, Bellingham could have already been an Arsenal player right now, according to former captain Tony Adams.
In a decision that has come back to haunt the decision-makers at the club, the Gunners legend revealed last year what stopped Bellingham from completing a move to the Emirates Stadium prior to joining Dortmund.
“I think it got lost, this one, in the transition of the chief scout [Steve Morrow] at Arsenal going out,” Adams said last November when speaking to Sky Sports. “He was spotted very early on, not by me, by the Arsenal recruitment office. The chief scout was absolutely bowled over by him and the great prospect that he is.
“He had more or less done the deal, but at that moment the new sporting director Edu came in from Brazil and had no European experience and no UK experience.
“I think it got lost in the transition, Edu didn’t know anything about this player.
“Unfortunately, the chief scout had the deal kind of done – we missed that one unfortunately. They are the type of players we need to get hold of at the Arsenal if we’re ever going to develop and go forward.
“These kind of players we need to tie up, get them to the Arsenal and build a phenomenal league team. He’s a great talent but unfortunately he’s not joined the right club.”
Despite this error, Edu can take comfort from the fact that Arsenal already have a player who is just as valuable as Bellingham.
The midfielder, according to data provided by the CIES Football Observatory, has a top estimated transfer value of €90m (£76.8m), meaning he is one of the most valuable English footballers in the world.
As is Gunners youngster Bukayo Saka who boasts the same value.
Whilst it is hard to compare Saka with Bellingham because of their different positions, they are both in their respective teams for the exact same reasons: to create goals and score them.
With that said, both players have been tipped to have great careers as they gather more experience and if they fulfill their massive potential, they could soon become two of the most valuable players in the world of any nationality.
For Bellingham, that could be away from Dortmund amid links to Liverpool and Chelsea, but Arsenal fans will be hopeful of Saka’s stay for a long time.