REAL MADRID are looking to use an incredible loophole to register Jude Bellingham this season.
The Spanish giants would make space to register a new signing after making a passport demand for their English midfielder.
Ahead of his first season in Spain, Los Blancos are looking into a loophole as they prepare to register him for the upcoming campaign.
The club are waiting for confirmation that the 20-year-old has been issued an Irish passport.
If the application is successful, it would mean Bellingham can be included as a European Union player.
La Liga’s registration rules limit each club to just three non-EU players in their squad.
Bellingham is eligible for an Irish passport through his paternal grandmother, according to his dad Mark.
Mark previously shared a snap of Bellingham wearing an Ireland shirt as a child.
He instead went on to play for England instead of Ireland, though, and has already won 24 caps for the Three Lions.
Real Madrid have previously used a similar loophole to register new signings as EU players in the past.
British players have to be listed as non-EU in Spain following Brexit.
Other European countries, including Italy, have given British players a special status to allow them to be registered.
By registering Bellingham as Irish, Real Madrid will also be free to sign another non-EU player before the end of the transfer window.
However, the move will not impact on their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe this summer.
Mbappe would not count towards their non-EU quote, with France still being a part of the European Union.