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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 veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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