As the world still looms in the summer transfer window of 2022, Real Madrid are already planning their moves for the upcoming windows.
Los Blancos have already secured the services of Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in recent years to ensure that the future of midfield is in safe hands. However, one missing piece is a creative midfielder who can venture into attacking spaces.
The club have identified Jude Bellingham as the perfect player to fill that void. The Borrusia Dortmund youngster is one of the most sought-after talents in European football and Real Madrid are one of the leading contenders to sign him, along with Liverpool.
According to reports from Diario AS, Liverpool are willing to pay over €100 million for the Englishman’s services. Needless to say, a big battle between Real Madrid and Jurgen Klopp’s side awaits in the coming window.
The Merseyside team face a problem similar to Los Blancos concerning their ageing midfield core. Jordan Henderson and James Milner are at the tail end of their careers, while Thiago Alcantara is also in his thirties. So, a replacement in the middle of the park is the need of the hour.
Bellingham still has three years left on his deal in Germany and any interested party will have to shell out a premium price for his services. However, Liverpool has the advantage of being in his home country, a factor that could be decisive in the race.
Last season, the 19-year-old made 32 Bundesliga starts for Dortmund, scoring three goals and providing eight assists. Moreover, he averaged over 12 defensive actions per ninety minutes.
Viewed as the ideal long-term replacement for Luka Modric at Real Madrid, it will be interesting to see whether Los Merengues are willing to match Liverpool’s ambitions and ready to throw €100 million or more to land Bellingham next summer.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.