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Liverpool optimistic about signing €140 million Real Madrid target, no offer made yet

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The transfer of Jude Bellingham is certain to dominate the headlines between now and the summer as several top clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City vie to sign him from Borussia Dortmund.

The 19-year-old Englishman has become one of the most in-demand players in the market, thanks to his exploits with Dortmund as well as the England national team. After all, Bellingham was one of the Three Lions’ most standout players at the World Cup in Qatar.

Real Madrid have held a long-standing interest in the teenage midfield prodigy and see him as the ideal fit to take over from Luka Modric, who is in the final phase of his career.

Reports had suggested that Los Blancos are confident of signing Bellingham as the teenager would prefer a move to Spain over a return to England.

However, now, Sky Sports Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg is reporting that Liverpool still remain in the hunt for Bellingham and are optimistic about their chances of signing the England international in the summer transfer window.

The update states that the Reds have already held talks over a move for the 19-year-old prodigy, although it has been clarified that there has been no direct communication between the player and manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool are yet to make any kind of official offer for Bellingham either. However, they feel positive about their chances of signing him as they would be offering him the opportunity to become the next Steven Gerrard.

Dortmund, for their part, are preparing for Bellingham’s exit. However, they will not let go of the midfielder easily and will demand a fee close to around €140 million.

Real Madrid are said to be willing to meet that figure albeit including variables and add-ons. Liverpool, too, should not have any problems reaching that valuation. So, ultimately, it will likely come down to Bellingham’s wishes and preference and whether he opts for England or Spain.

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Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report

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Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.

The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.

According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.

The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.

The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday. 

In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.

Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.

It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.

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