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Borussia Dortmund slap €140m valuation on Real Madrid target, plan crunch talks this week



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Jude Bellingham has dominated the headlines in the European market in recent weeks, especially with clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City showing keen interest in securing his services at the end of the season.

Amid worries over his long-term future at Borussia Dortmund, the Bundesliga giants have called the player and his entourage for a meeting, reports Diario AS.

Naturally, the Dortmund representative, led by CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and sporting director Sebastian Kehl, will hold talks over the future of Bellingham in his own camp involving, his father Mark Bellingham.

Mark and the Dortmund board share an excellent relationship, which was key to the youngster’s move to the city in 2019. But after three years of tremendous success, even BVB are ‘95%’ certain that the player leave the club at the end of the season.

Borussia Dortmund have even set a ̉€100 million price tag for Bellingham, along with €40 million add-ons. The German giants were hoping to renew the contract of the young Englishman earlier in the season and put in a €150 million release clause, but they failed to reach an agreement.

Right now, Bellingham has no release clause embedded in his contract. Dortmund’s strategy is to squeeze around €140 million out of this deal. They are expected to allow the youngster to decide his fate.

The report further suggests that Real Madrid are the club best placed to sign the Englishman. This is because the player himself has shown the desire to play for the Merengues. He prefers a move to Santiago Bernabeu over a switch to the Premier League.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to kickstart negotiations with Dortmund over the former Birmingham starlet. One would expect the process to begin only after BVB’s summit with Bellingham in the coming days, when both parties may reach a definitive agreement over the player’s future.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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