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Man City see Real Madrid target as one of their summer priorities, contacts made – Romano

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The transfer race for Borussia Dortmund Jude Bellingham is set to dominate the headlines this summer as elite clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Manchester City will battle for his signing.

According to the latest update on the England star’s situation from Fabrizio Romano, Manchester City have made Bellingham one of their top priorities for the summer transfer window.

The Italian journalist claims that the 19-year-old Englishman is among the top targets for Ferran Soriano, Txiki Begiristain, and manager Pep Guardiola.

There are several question marks over the future of Bernardo Silva, who continues to be linked with Barcelona while Ilkay Gundogan’s contract with the Premier League champions expires at the end of the season.

It leaves room for the potential arrival of a new player in the middle of the park and Bellingham is seen as the ‘dream target’ by Manchester City and have already made contacts to explore a move.

However, they are very well aware of the serious competition offered by Liverpool and Real Madrid, who continue to push for the signing of the England international.

Los Blancos are also preparing for a transition in their midfield unit as the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are in the final phase of their respective careers.

Bellingham has been at the top of the wishlist for Real Madrid for a long time now and work has been put in to make his signing become a reality.

However, at the same time, the Merengues are aware that they might be unable to compete with the financial might of the Premier League clubs, which could leave them behind in the transfer race.

But, Liverpool’s struggles could see them miss out on qualification for the UEFA Champions League. And Manchester City are facing sanctions for breaches of the Financial Fair Play, which could play into Real Madrid’s hands.

Bellingham is yet to make a decision on his next move and it remains to be seen how things develop in the coming weeks.

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Real Madrid’s best lineup next season with Kroos retiring, Mbappe and Endrick joining

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It is set up to be a transformative summer for Real Madrid. After the UEFA Champions League final has concluded and the grand showdown finally has a victor, the Merengues are expected to undergo a squad revamp.

Indeed, the Santiago Bernabeu is preparing to welcome several high-profile signings, while also bidding farewell to some beloved Madrid legends.

Considering the potential arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, as well as Toni Kroos’ recent retirement, here is how Real Madrid could shape up next season:

Goalkeeper

Having made a long-awaited return from injury, Thibaut Courtois is anticipated to guard Real Madrid’s goal next season once more.

The Belgian goalie has already started featuring in the starting XI and is expected to play against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final, too.

As such, his place for next season is hardly in doubt. However, unlike previous seasons, he will face much fiercer competition from Andriy Lunin, who has enjoyed a stellar campaign.

Defence

Fortifications in the defensive line remain high on Real Madrid’s priority list in the upcoming summer transfer window. However, even with the given options the Royal Whites boast assurance and grit in their back-line.

The likely occupants on the flanks would be Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy, who have both produced great exhibitions throughout the campaign.

Ferland Mendy has the full trust of Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Carvajal is known to punish defensive lines and on the defensive end, his anticipation of forwards has been equally appreciable.

Meanwhile, Mendy’s resurgence this season has earned him immense faith from the coaching staff, as his defensive aptitude continues to set him apart.

In the centre-back positions, Real Madrid are expected to rely on the dependable figures of Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao.

Real Madrid consider Rudiger to be indispensable owing to his front-footed style and the important role he has had to play amidst the injury crisis. Similarly, Militao is valued by the team as he proceeds to regain match fitness after recovering from a long-term injury.

Midfield

The void of Toni Kroos in midfield will compel coach Carlo Ancelotti and co. to
reconsider their midfield strategy.

Real Madrid will be unable to count on Kroos next season. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Thankfully for Real Madrid, their succession stage had begun a while ago and they have ample options to trust in the center of the park.

With Aurelien Tchouameni protecting the base of midfield, Real Madrid will possess security and deep progression.

Ahead, occupying the interior midfield positions, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga are well-suited to provide a combination of energy off the ball and threat in possession.

And to put the cherry on top, Jude Bellingham’s place as the number 10 behind the two strikers would certify his status as a pivotal playmaker and scorer in the team’s setup.

However, he is adept at making third-man runs and connecting the midfield with the offence and could play deeper to not only make up for Kroos’ absence but also facilitate more options up front.

Attack

Real Madrid’s offensive department is where the largest reform is expected to take place.

Kylian Mbappe’s goalscoring instincts need little introduction by now and he is thus anticipated to be fielded as the striker.

Vinicius Jr. is expected to take up the position as a secondary striker drifting from the left, something he has become quite accustomed to this season.

Endrick will have to battle for a starting spot. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider/Getty Images)

It is worth noting that Endrick could also play a part by either replacing Vinicius off the bench and playing off Mbappe.

It remains to be seen how many men forward Ancelotti will commit to but the presence of Mbappe and Vinicius seems set in stone, given their huge profiles and status in world football. How the manager uses Rodrygo Goes will be interesting to see as well.

All in all, considering Ancelotti’s proficiency in profiling players, Madrid fans can expect to see these stars play in favourable environments.

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