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Chelsea demanding €25 million from Real Madrid to make on-loan star’s move permanent

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Excellence is relative, and the goalkeeping situation in Real Madrid echoes the same. When compared to one another, there is little that separates Kepa Arrizabalaga from Andriy Lunin, thus giving Carlo Ancelotti a difficult time in choosing one as a regular.

Yet, that does not go to state that both players are top operators. They have indeed done well to cover the void left by Thibaut Courtois’ injury, but neither is guaranteed to continue at the club beyond the ongoing season.

Los Blancos are looking for a player who will provide as much, if not more guarantee, than their Belgian talisman in goal. Neither player has been convincing enough on that front, forcing the management to turn to the market.

Kepa’s outlandish price

As revealed by SPORT‘s latest report, Kepa would be open to staying at Real Madrid beyond this season.

However, apart from the fact that he has not convinced enough, there is an economic factor involved that cannot be bridged.

The Spanish outlet revealed that Chelsea ask for €25 million for the goalkeeper’s services if Real Madrid wish to convert his loan to a permanent transfer. Needless to say, that is seen as a bet too risky to handle for Los Blancos.

Age is another factor that does not add up to the price tag. Kepa turns 30 in October, and shelling out such an amount for a player at the doorstep of his thirties is seen as imprudent within the club.

Chelsea want €25 million for Kepa. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Eyes on the market

With Lunin facing a similar situation in the Spanish capital, the market appears to be the management’s best bet.

Real Madrid are, after all, not just looking for a backup goalkeeper for next season but also a long-term successor for Courtois.

It remains to be seen if Los Blancos find suitable profiles on the market or if one of the existing options steps up in the remainder of the season.

Fran Gonzalez, the academy gem, is another candidate option for the Merengues to consider and his growth will be a topic of interest in the coming months.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final

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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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