According to journalist Patrick Berger, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham has still not made a decision on his future despite the fact that the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid are interested in his acquisition.
Bellingham, 19, is arguably the most in-demand midfielder across Europe and Borussia Dortmund might as well be forced to sell him if someone agrees to pay the astronomical fee that they are demanding.
Given the fact that his contract with Dortmund runs until 2025, Berger says that they will hold out for a fee of €150 million, as they still very much intend to keep hold of the midfielder.
Dortmund, in fact, are looking to make him the team’s highest earner by extending his contract. But first, the Bundesliga giants want to know what the 19-year-old actually wants.
Interestingly enough, Dortmund will only make an offer if he says he will continue. At the same time, if the situation is otherwise, the Germans will look to cash on him.
At this moment, though, despite the evident interest, Borussia Dortmund’s director Sebastian Kehl has said that no one from the aforementioned teams has approached with an official offer.
“There are no offers at all for Jude Bellingham as of now, nothing is decided. We will speak to Jude and his family, no pressure — there are absolutely no proposals.”
Real Madrid have made Bellingham their top target for the summer as they look to inject more fresh blood into their midfield department.
While it had been suggested that the 19-year-old had decided to snub a move to England in favour of Spain, the aforementioned report claims otherwise. And with Dortmund still holding onto hopes of retaining the midfielder, only time will tell where he ends up come summer.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.