Real Madrid have their sights set on Jude Bellingham as their main transfer target for the next season, as per Rodrigo Faez (h/t MadridXtra). The reports have suggested that Madrid will look to strengthen its midfield next season with the star signing.
Los Blancos seem to already be done with their transfer targets for the summer of 2022 and have already set their sights forward to the 2023 transfer window, where they will look to buy England’s highly rated youngster, Bellingham.
The English midfielder has been linked with next to every top club in Europe, with it being apparent that the 19-year-old is definitely something special, having already made the England squad as one of their main midfielders.
Bellingham joined Borussia Dortmund in 2020 from Birmingham City after having a breakout first season at the club in the EFL Championship.
The player was soon touted as the next big thing for English football as the player racked up a following for his unique and rare combination of physicality, technique and talent.
Ever since his move to Dortmund, the player has been linked to several Premier League clubs as the teams look to bring England’s star back home. However, it now seems Los Blancos could try to spoil their plans of doing so.
Real Madrid have already signed two of the most hotly debated young midfielders in the world in the form of Aurélien Tchouaméni, this season, and Eduardo Camavinga, last season.
The club, if reports are to be believed, seem to feel the English midfielder could round their midfield off in all aspects and secure the future of their midfield as the old guard of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, and Casemiro take their leave.
However, with Liverpool also in hot pursuit of the youngster, Madrid will have to make some serious moves next summer in order to ward off any sort of threat from The Reds.
Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report
Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact.
As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.
The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.
Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.
Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.
In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.
From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.
In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.