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Liverpool ready to splash more than €100 million for Real Madrid midfield target



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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.

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‘Give everything to win’ – Real Madrid UCL hero ready for Barcelona challenge



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Andriy Lunin was Real Madrid’s main protagonist in the club’s narrow win over Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Lunin is going to be in focus once again as Real Madrid brace themselves for another important encounter against Barcelona.

Speaking ahead of this crucial tie, Lunin talked about how Real Madrid will put the title race to an end if they can secure a win over Barça.

Lunin on Barcelona – Real Madrid clash

“It is clear that Clásico is a very important match. We are all clear that winning this Sunday can almost solve the League,” Lunin told TVE (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“We have prepared ourselves in the best possible way to take three points, which are very important.”

Real Madrid are indeed heading into this game with a solid eight-point lead over Barcelona in the league table.

A win this evening could help them extend that gap to 11 points, effectively ruling Barça out of the title race.

Lunin is focused ahead of the Barcelona tie (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid have attained an excellent record against Barcelona of late. Lunin, though, believes past encounters do not matter in a Clasico.

“In a match between Real Madrid and Barcelona the things that have happened are forgotten and everyone is concentrating,” the Ukrainian added.

Lunin went on to talk about Real Madrid’s gruelling schedule, with the Spanish giants coming on the back of a 120-minute encounter against Man City.

“It is true that last stretch of the season is very demanding. The team played 120 minutes in Manchester, it was good to suffer and overcome difficulties. Now we have Barça at home, with our people and we have no choice but to give everything to win,” he said.

Lunin also talked about his watered-down celebration following his penalty heroics against Man City, adding, “I am a quiet and rather shy person, but within me, I had tremendous joy. I already said after the game that I was the happiest person in the world.”

Finally, the goalkeeper was asked about his future at Real Madrid, with his current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expiring in 2025.

“Real Madrid has been a dream since I was little, but now it is time for the most important games of the season and we have to be focused because we have to get the best result from what we have left. Then we will talk about the papers (contract) and other things,” he concluded.

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