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19-year-old rising star has rejected €15 million Man City contract offer to join Real Madrid



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According to Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund has turned down a lucrative contract offer from Manchester City as he pushes to join Real Madrid in the summer transfer window.

Bellingham has become one of the most promising young footballers in the game and is primed for great things. At just 19, he is the spearhead at Dortmund and has even captained the team on several occasions, while he is also making a mark with the England national team.

Naturally, top clubs across Europe took note of his tremendous rise. Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, PSG, and Manchester United were all among his suitors, but it seems like Bellingham would be heading to Real Madrid in the summer.

With Liverpool having dropped out of the chase not so long ago, the race had come down to Real Madrid and Manchester City.

And, as per the report, the Premier League champions were ready to offer Bellingham a leading role in their team along with a lucrative six-year contract worth €15 million per year net salary, as well as additional commissions if he signed.

However, the 19-year-old star has rejected that proposal as he wishes to sign for Real Madrid, even though he will be receiving a lower salary at the Santiago Bernabeu than what he would have earned at the Etihad.

Like Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Vinicius Jr, and Endrick before, Bellingham has opted to prioritise the sporting project on offer over monetary benefits.

Bellingham is aware that he will have serious competition in midfield at Real Madrid. Toni Kroos has agreed to renew, Luka Modric is also set to sign a new deal, and Dani Ceballos also has an offer from the club to prolong his stay.

Then there are Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, and Eduardo Camavinga also battling for the spots in midfield. Despite that, though, the Borussia Dortmund ace is ready for the competition.

It is now only a matter of Real Madrid and Dortmund reaching an agreement over a transfer fee before the transfer goes through.

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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack



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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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