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Benfica set to demand ‘crazy money’ for Real Madrid target – report

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En route to revamping their midfield for next season, Real Madrid are pursuing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham. The Englishman is their priority transfer for next season, and Los Blancos have been working hard behind the scenes to push the move through.

That said, the move will not at all be easy for Madrid, with Dortmund set to demand nearly €150 million for the Englishman. As such, Florentino Perez and co. have set their eyes on Argentine superstar Enzo Fernandez as an alternative.

However, Benfica are not ready to mess around, either, and will demand ‘crazy money’ for the young midfielder, according to Fabrizio Romano. The journalist says that price tag could reach nearly €80-85 million.

Benfica are historically tough negotiators, and do not undervalue any of their breakthrough assets. Most recently, they sold Joao Felix for €120 million to Atletico Madrid, and then Darwin Nunez to Liverpool this summer for €100 million.

Madrid could face additional trouble in pursuit of Enzo Fernandez, with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United in pursuit, as well. That said, the former will likely not be able to shell out as much as €85 million for a player given their financial turmoil.

Not to mention, Enzo’s price tag could increase further depending on his performances during the 2022 World Cup. He was on target for Argentina against Mexico, sealing their 2-0 win, and if he continues to put up displays like this, Benfica could hold out for an even higher price.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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