A recent report from ESPN has offered an update on the future of Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is currently the hottest prospect in Europe, with multiple clubs interested in his services.
Real Madrid are among the teams hoping to secure the services of Bellingham in the coming summer, but as per the report, they are set to face stiff competition from Liverpool.
The Premier League giants are even said to be ahead in the race as they are forming a close relationship with the player’s environment. The overall deal to take him to Anfield is also said to be advancing well, which has put Liverpool in pole position to secure his services.
Dortmund are expected to consider a sale of Bellingham in the upcoming January transfer window, or more likely, the 2023 summer transfer window. They were said to be valuing the player at around €100 million, but the figure could now rise up to €150 million.
However, all is not lost for Real Madrid just yet, as far as their pursuit of Bellingham is concerned. The Spanish giants have the financial means to pull off the deal, but more importantly, they can offer far better sporting prospects to the youngster.
Indeed, the Whites are the current champions of Europe and could lure the Englishman with the opportunity to become the long-term replacement for Luka Modric.
Liverpool, in contrast, have endured a disastrous start to the campaign and may not even qualify for the Champions League next season.
With that in mind, Real Madrid have an excellent chance of competing for Bellingham next summer, especially if they can conjure up the money for the English international.
Other clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United also remain in the picture for the 19-year-old English midfielder’s signing and it could make for a tense battle for his services come next summer.
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.