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Liverpool shift focus away from Real Madrid priority target who wants Bernabeu switch

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Real Madrid have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of priority target Jude Bellingham, if reports from MARCA (h/t TheMadridZone) are to be believed.

The Spanish capital outfit have been in pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund midfielder for a while now, but face competition from the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City, and others.

However, the report suggests that Bellingham has made it clear that he wants to join Madrid. As such, Liverpool have suggested their attention to Enzo Fernandez.

The Argentine ace is coming off an incredible World Cup campaign, where he won the Young Player of the Tournament trophy. His price is reportedly set at around €120 million, and Benfica are not willing to negotiate.

Dortmund, meanwhile, have set the price for Bellingham in the €150 million category, while Real Madrid are not ready to shell out more than €120 million for his services.

Reports have also stated that Los Blancos are ready to begin formal talks with Dortmund next week, but the move is not expected to go through in January.

Both teams will only discuss the possibility of a summer transfer, especially because Madrid do not plan on making any moves in the winter market.

They are allegedly ready to table a €12 million per season contract to Bellingham worth five years, minimum.

Bellingham is the last piece of the puzzle for Madrid in their midfield revamp and would join a Madrid midfield consisting of already world-class youngsters such as Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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