According to recent reports, it was confirmed that Jude Bellingham has chosen Real Madrid as his next destination over the likes of several other interested parties such as Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea.
Madrid made Bellingham their primary target for the 2023 summer transfer window and want to wrap up his transfer by May. They will propose a five/six-year deal to him and his salary will be just below that of Thibaut Courtois and Vinicius Jr.
And while Borussia Dortmund have made their attempt to lock down the teenager for another season, at least, the player has rejected any advances from the Bundesliga leaders.
However, according to a report from BILD, he is yet to inform Dortmund about any decision regarding his future. That does not mean he has not made a final call regarding the same, though.
While Madrid have been in talks with Bellingham for a few months, now, they are yet to officially start talks with Dortmund regarding the move.
The negotiations will likely drag on for a while given the German outfit have reportedly slapped a €130-150 million price tag on Bellingham.
Former manager Harry Redknapp, who has coached both Bellingham and Luka Modric, chipped in with his opinion regarding any potential move, suggesting that Madrid will be the best destination for the English wonderkid.
“Modric is a great footballer, the way he plays and controls the game. I’ve heard from people close to Bellingham that he wants to go to Real Madrid. Playing alongside Modric will help his game,” he said.
It is becoming increasingly clear that Madrid are the front-runners in the pursuit for Bellingham, but they will have to fend off Man City, at least, until the signing if all but official.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.