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Liverpool drop out of race to sign Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham

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Hours after news of Liverpool’s submission of an opening offer for Jude Bellingham, there seem to be pessimistic developments for the English side.

According to initial reports from Paul Joyce, it is unlikely that Bellingham will join Liverpool this summer barring unexpected changes. The Reds have cooled off their pursuit of the midfielder and are now looking at alternatives.

The news was further confirmed by Dominic King of Daily Mail who convincingly stated that Liverpool have stepped out of the race. This comes as a sudden and bizarre development in the transfer saga of the young prodigy that featured Liverpool as favourites.

Liverpool’s opening bid earlier in the day was said to be in the €90 million ballpark and one can only assume that the sudden fallout was because Borussia Dortmund deemed the offer too low. The Germans eye at least €120 million for their star as reported by The Times.

With Jurgen Klopp’s side biting the dust in Bellingham’s transfer, one massive hurdle has been cleared from Real Madrid’s trail. Los Blancos still face competition, however, in Chelsea, PSG and Manchester City.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men had also cooled off their interest in the youngster in recent weeks owing to the severe competition and inflated market. The latest development could force a change in mind.

In 26 Bundesliga appearances for Borussia Dortmund this season, Bellingham has scored four goals and provided four assists. He averages over one key pass per game and has created eight big chances in the domestic league.

Bellingham’s decision is set to come out in the coming weeks and there will be systems tuned in round the clock at the Bernabeu offices to catch it as it breaks. After all, Bellingham has been identified as one of the primary targets for the summer by Real Madrid.

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025

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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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