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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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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich



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Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.

A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.

Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.

This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.

However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.

It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.

The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.

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