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.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.