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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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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack



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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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