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Liverpool have no chance of signing Real Madrid top target claims ex-Premier League star
Real Madrid have a tradition of going after a marquee signing in every transfer window. Not all of Los Blancos’ big-name transfer targets end up signing for the club, but some transfer sagas just seem to have their ending written in stone.
Such is the case with Jude Bellingham. It is well known that Real Madrid see the English youngster as a key piece in their future midfield and are willing to go all out for him in the summer.
However, Carlo Ancelotti’s side are not the only party in the running for Bellingham’s signature. Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are just some of the other big clubs interested in the player but the biggest competitor is undoubtedly Liverpool.
But according to former Premier League midfielder Jamie O’Hara on talkSPORT, the Merseyside team now have no chance of signing the youngster and are out of the race for his transfer.
Jurgen Klopp was initially keen on securing Bellingham as the Englishman was the ideal solution to Liverpool’s midfield troubles. Given their ageing core, the team needed reinforcements, and fast.
But, O’Hara believes that with the Reds looking likely to miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League, they can kiss their hopes of signing Bellingham goodbye.
“I don’t see them getting into the top four. I can’t see them breaking into the top four with that team. They won’t even get Jude Bellingham now, they won’t get Bellingham!”
Furthermore, a combination of the player’s desire to play in Madrid and the heavy economics involved could make things further difficult for Liverpool.
The Borussia Dortmund star is one of the most valued youngsters in world football and has even captained the Bundesliga side in the UEFA Champions League at the tender age of 19. While his services will not come for cheap, Florentino Perez is willing to splash the cash on him and considers Bellingham a worthy investment.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.