Liverpool’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham has been well-documented lately. The Premier League giants have been closely monitoring the development of the Borussia Dortmund starlet over the past few years.
They have identified him as the ideal man to lead the Liverpool midfield in the years to come, as players such as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho enter the final stages of their respective careers.
However, according to a report from Daily Mirror (h/t Madrid Zone), Liverpool are slowly losing grip on the pursuit of Bellingham. In fact, it appears they have been priced out of a move for the Englishman, who is expected to cost a fortune next summer.
This could serve as a major boost for Real Madrid. The reigning European champions are considered to be frontrunners in the race to sign Bellingham and with Liverpool out of the chase, the road is now clear for Los Blancos to secure the services of the youngster next season.
Borussia Dortmund, for their part, are expected to hold a meeting with the player’s entourage in the near future. They are expected to make one last attempt to convince the midfielder to remain at Signal Iduna Park, but the internal members of the club are certain that he may leave at the end of the season.
With that in mind, Dortmund might be looking for a figure in the region of €150 million. It has proven to be too expensive for Liverpool, who, as per the report, are looking for alternatives in the market.
Portuguese international Matheus Nunes has emerged as one such option for the Reds, in their bid to shore up the ranks in the middle of the park. But as far as Bellingham is concerned, all roads lead to the Spanish capital for the talented Englishman.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.