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Liverpool leading Bellingham transfer race with Real Madrid unwilling to pay €150 million

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Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham is aware of the interest he has generated across Europe and Real Madrid, amongst other clubs, are said to be laying the net in order to prepare for life beyond Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Now, while the attention from the Madrid team is pretty much evident, the issue is that his market price is increasing after every game he is playing for England at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

There are reports that he might as well become the most expensive midfielder of all time at the end of the current season, with reports across the continent relaying it to as much as €150 million.

This is an amount that Real Madrid will never put on the table despite the fact that Bellingham is their priority for the summer.

This is mostly because the Merengues’ management is of the idea that spending €150 million for Bellingham escapes all the logic, while also believing that it could jeopardise the economic stability of the club.

So, as reported by MARCA, the player’s decision is set to be the key to Real Madrid’s chances of signing him, as, at the moment, his signing is seen as close to ‘impossible’ if the €150 million price tag persists.

As of today, the management is willing to wait for the player to reach a conclusion simply because only his readiness can turn the negotiations towards Real Madrid’s way.

In that regard, MARCA also says that the team currently leading the race is Liverpool, who has been behind the midfielder for a long time.

Bellingham’s ongoing deal with Borussia Dortmund runs until 2025 and it is established he is not going to fulfil that. For Dortmund, they know the 19-year-old is their biggest cash cow and even they are ready to sanction his departure.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, the only thing they can do is wait. Bellingham indeed remains a priority, but at the same time, they will continue to look for that one midfielder who can occupy the spaces alongside Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni in near future.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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