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Liverpool pulled out of Bellingham race because of one major reason – report



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Jude Bellingham has never been closer to joining Real Madrid. The English international has been the biggest talking point ahead of the summer transfer market, and it is only poetic that the story ended with the club he most desired.

According to reports from James Pearce (h/t Madrid Xtra), Bellingham’s preference has been known for a long time. In fact, it even had a role to play in facilitating his move to Real Madrid.

The English journalist reports that one of the major factors behind Liverpool’s decision to drop out of the Bellingham bandwagon was the fact that his entourage refused to call Anfield their destination of choice.

The midfielder wanted Real Madrid all along and only entertained other options as a probable backup plan.

The race to sign Bellingham began with a host of clubs scouting his profile. Soon, it boiled down to only three candidates- Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City. The exit of Jurgen Klopp’s side from the arena made it a two-horse race.

Pep Guardiola’s side offered the Borussia Dortmund star a more lucrative package with a prominent role with the UCL finalists. Even money did not change Bellingham’s mind, and the end result was an agreement with Real Madrid.

The youngster had the chance to win Bundesliga with the yellow-and-black colours last night, but an untimely slip-up saw them lose grip over the title and surrender it to Bayern Munich once again.

After the game, Bellingham’s mother was seen thanking the Dortmund staff with gifts and all but confirmed the news of his departure.

An agreement appears to be in place between the two clubs, and it is only a matter of time before the deal is made official. One can hope to see the protege in white colours as early as the preseason campaign.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace



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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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