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Dortmund confident of getting €100-150 million fee for Bellingham amidst Real Madrid links

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The biggest transfer saga of the upcoming summer transfer window is set to be that of Jude Bellingham, and it is no surprise that Real Madrid are involved in the scene.

Los Blancos have held a well-known interest in the player for several months and are said to be ready to splash the cash on their next generational midfielder.

Florian Plettenberg reports that Borussia Dortmund are confident that they can fetchr a fee between €100 to €150 million for his signing this summer.

Real Madrid and Liverpool are pushing hard for his signature, the latter slightly more than their Spanish counterparts. Meanwhile, Manchester United are almost ruled out of the race.

Recently, it was said that the upper limit Real Madrid were willing to stretch for the youngster was €100 million – the amount (including add-ons) they shelled out for Aurelien Tchouameni’s services last summer.

However, Jurgen Klopp’s serious interest in the player could force them into a higher bid in the coming days. Furthermore, Bellingham’s starring performances at the FIFA World Cup 2022 is driving his price higher up.

The plan in Madrid is to combine Bellingham in midfield with Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde and thus boast of one of the world’s strongest midfield trios in a few years. Given that the team is already well stacked in the final third, his arrival would almost complete the next team of the next generation.

In the Bundesliga alone this season, the English international has three goals and two assists to his name and a further five goal contributions in the UEFA Champions League.

Further, he became the youngest captain to score in a UCL game earlier this season with the yellow-and-black outfit. He now has a goal and an assist at the World Cup for England, at the age of just 19 years.

With his valuation getting steeper by the day, Real Madrid are having some reservations about a move and are looking at other possible options in the market, with SL Benfica’s Argentine ace Enzo Fernandez being one such alternative.

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Bayern Munich wonderkid praises Real Madrid rising star ahead of UCL showdown

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Real Madrid will lock horns with Bayern Munich next week in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals at the Allianz Arena.

It will be a battle of two heavyweight clubs in Europe, which will also pit two of the most exciting young midfielders against each other in the form of Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala.

Bellingham and Musiala know each other well, having spent time together with the England youth national teams before facing one another in the Bundesliga when the former was at Borussia Dortmund.

With the two players now set to come face-to-face next week, Musiala had word of praise for Bellingham, stressing how the Real Madrid star never shies away from a challenge.

“Jude and I were teammates for many years with the Young Lions (England youth team), played a few games together and we have been good friends ever since,” Musiala told SportBILD (h/t AS).

“I’m happy that things are going so well for him. He’s very confident about himself and does not shy away from big challenges,” the German international added.

Bellingham has had an exceptional start at Real Madrid. (Photo by Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images for Laureus)

Further heaping praise for the explosive start Bellingham made at Real Madrid this season, Musiala remarked:

“Of course, Bellingham’s start with Real Madrid is not normal. Usually a new player in the team in another country has to adapt, but it did not surprise me much, because I know Jude’s mentality perfectly.”

Interestingly, Musiala has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for 2025, with his contract at Bayern Munich expiring in 2026.

While the rumours persist, the young German attacking midfielder shared his excitement about facing Los Blancos in the Champions League as well as the prospect of playing at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“I’m really looking forward to the game against Real Madrid and the legendary Santiago Bernabeu. Two of the best teams in Europe will face each other. These are big games,” Musiala said.

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