According to GOAL, Real Madrid have been given a massive boost in their pursuit of Jude Bellingham. The English international has emerged as the club’s top target this season and they are expected to prioritise his move in the summer of 2023.
Borussia Dortmund, for their part, are resigned to losing Bellingham, but only after the end of the season. The midfielder, who enjoyed an excellent World Cup campaign with England, has no shortage of suitors either, with the likes of Liverpool also interested in his services.
The Premier League giants consider Bellingham as one of their top targets. The club have even utilised Jordan Henderson to try and convince his England teammate to make the move to Anfield next season.
But as per the report, Bellingham is set to snub Liverpool, in favour of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
His potential move to Real Madrid could see him unite with the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde – forming a midfield unit that could serve the club in the years to come.
Bellingham, in particular, has been identified as the ideal long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
The ageing midfielder’s current contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. Although Real Madrid want him to continue for at least another season, the club need a proper replacement sooner rather than later.
That is where Bellingham comes into the fray. The Englishman is blessed with immense technical skill, along with the leadership and maturity to thrive at a club like Real Madrid.
The report further suggests that Los Blancos have already made the necessary arrangements to incorporate Bellingham into the squad.
The Borussia Dortmund starlet is expected to cost around €120 million, though the figure may certainly increase, depending on the negotiations between the two clubs.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.