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Liverpool priced out of a move for €150 million Real Madrid target – report
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.
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Atletico Madrid News
Real Madrid star approached by Atletico over summer move, player wants to stay
Dani Ceballos is one of the players who has Real Madrid on the fence after his recent resurgence. The club appeared certain to part ways with the player during the commencement of the 2022/23 season but no longer find the decision as straightforward.
According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid are in no hurry to renew Ceballos’ contract. Though his deal runs out in the summer, the Merengues prefer to focus fully on the competitions they are alive in instead of entering auctions for his renewal.
Ceballos has given Los Blancos the signal that his priority is to stay and is waiting for an offer from the board. However, nobody from the administration has contacted him yet.
Sniffing a moment of opportunity, Atletico Madrid have entered the scene and conveyed their interest in signing the midfield star. Los Rojiblancos have already called his entourage twice in recent weeks and a move away from the Bernabeu cannot be ruled out.
At 26 years of age, the Spaniard wishes for regular starts and playing time. It would be difficult for such demands to be met in Real Madrid owing to the sheer number of young prodigies rising in the middle of Los Blancos.
Come next season, Ceballos could be lost in the mix of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and veterans like Toni Kroos, while Jude Bellingham could also arrive.
Ceballos has made 19 appearances for the defending champions in La Liga this season, providing one assist in that duration. At just 10 starts and 44 minutes averaged per game, however, his role is clearly centred around the bench.
Moving to Atletico Madrid could thus work well in his favour for he is almost guaranteed playing time in Simeone’s system which is in dire need of a quality attacking midfielder.
The player is currently on international duty with La Roja for the Euro qualifiers. In the team’s opener against Norway, he came on at the hour mark and made a strong cameo with three key passes and a big chance created.
January 3, 2023 at 1:31 am
Real Madrid has to take their step of signing players urgently for there are lot of obstacles developing to mar their intentions.Whenever they decide for a player the scramble arise in form of competing to sign or having interests in the same player Real is keeping an eye on.