Borussia Dortmund are under immense pressure at the moment. The Bundesliga giants have not enjoyed the best of starts under Edin Terzic and two of their highly-rated young players are facing an uncertain future at the club.
Youssoufa Moukoko is the first one on this list, with the German international reportedly a target for FC Barcelona. But it is Jude Bellingham, who has dominated the headlines in recent weeks, with reports rife of his potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
Borussia Dortmund are expected to make a last attempt to convince Bellingham to prolong his stay at Signal Iduna Park. But the club are certain that the youngster will depart in the summer, in favour of a move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
In the midst of uncertainty over the midfielder’s future, Dortmund are now prepared to squeeze the most out of the youngster.
According to a report from the reliable Ruhr Nachrichten, BVB consider Ousmane Dembele’s 2017 move to Barcelona as a benchmark for the sale of Bellingham.
This means the club are expected to demand well over €100 million for the services of the English international. To put things into perspective, Barça reportedly paid €135 million for Dembele in 2017, including add-ons.
Recent reports suggest that Dortmund will demand a fee of around €100 million upfront while €40 million can be paid through add-ons.
Nevertheless, Bellingham’s staggering price tag is unlikely to deter Real Madrid, who are prepared to spend a fortune for the Englishman. The player, after all, has been identified as the ideal man to lead the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The Merengues intend to initiate negotiations with Dortmund this week as they wish to close the deal at the earliest possible and avoid another case like the Kylian Mbappe saga last summer.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.