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Chelsea willing to pay more than €100 million to sign priority Real Madrid transfer target



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Although we are still in the early parts of the 2022/23 campaign, a number of players are already making their case for becoming the hottest prospect in the 2023 summer transfer window.

One of those players includes Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund starlet has mesmerised onlookers with his consistent performances in the Bundesliga. He has also showcased exemplary leadership at a young age, notably captaining Dortmund in a Champions League game at the age of just 19.

Bellingham’s performances have not gone unnoticed, with Real Madrid among the clubs targeting a move for the midfielder in 2023.

However, according to a report from SportBILD, Chelsea are ready to rival Real Madrid in the race to sign the English international. The Premier League giants are even looking to move one step ahead by promising Dortmund a payment of more than €100 million.

It is quite a fortune for a 19-year-old, who joined Dortmund a little over two years ago. However, luring Bellingham away from the Bundesliga will not be so easy, as Dortmund are determined to keep hold of the player.

Even if the Black and Yellows agree to sell the midfielder, they are likely to hold out for a much higher figure than €100 million.

Recent reports suggest Los Blancos have a whopping €425 million budget ahead of the 2023 summer transfer window.

There have been speculations about a possible move for Kylian Mbappe amid reports of the Frenchman wanting to leave PSG. However, Bellingham is understood to be Real Madrid’s main objective for the summer of 2023.

But with Chelsea ready to flex their financial muscles and the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City also believed to be interested, Los Blancos will have their task cut out to land the England international.

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Real Madrid midfielder trained away from the group last week, but has no injury – report



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With the international break underway, several Real Madrid players have been called up for national team assignments. The stars who have not travelled for international duty have continued to work at the club’s Valdebebas training facility to prepare for the restart.

Toni Kroos is one such player who has remained in Madrid, having retired from international football back in 2021.

However, there had been concerns growing around the 33-year-old’s physical condition as he regularly did indoor work last week and was not spotted in group training with his teammates.

Now, Sergio Quirante has come up with an update on Kroos’ situation, stating that even though the midfielder largely did individual work inside the facilities over the last week, he is fine and has no injuries.

Taking advantage of the international break, the former Bayern Munich superstar is understood to have gone through an individual program to prepare for the final, decisive stretch of the 2022/23 season.

Kroos not being injured comes as a big positive for Real Madrid, ahead of important games against Real Valladolid and Barcelona within the first five days of April.

The rest of the Real Madrid midfield contingent – Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, and Dani Ceballos – are all away on international duties and could return with some fatigue from the travel.

So, it is important that Kroos is fully fit and ready to go as Real Madrid look to cut down the gap to the top of the table in La Liga and also make it to the finals of the Copa del Rey by overturning a first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the semi-finals.

Kroos has played 37 matches this season, chipping in with two goals and five assists in the process. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it is still unclear whether he will renew or hang up his boots.

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