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Manchester City leading race for key Real Madrid target, Man United also interested

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According to ESPN journalist Rodrigo Faez, Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City are currently leading the race to sign arguably the most in-demand midfielder, Jude Bellingham.

The news comes hours after it was confirmed that Premier League side Liverpool have pulled out of the race to sign the youngster. Jurgen Klopp’s team was heavily lined with the England midfielder but considering the cost of the operation, which is expected to go beyond €100 million, they decided to invest the money elsewhere.

As a result, Manchester City and Real Madrid remain the only viable destinations, although it must be remembered that Borussia Dortmund still have not given up on the midfielder.

This report, however, contradicts claims from German publication BILD, who reported earlier today that Bellingham was uninterested in joining Manchester City, Chelsea, or PSG, which put Real Madrid in the lead.

Meanwhile, as reported by Faez, Dortmund continue to hope that the midfielder can stay, at least for another year.

At the same time, the likes of Erling Haaland, who moved from Dortmund to Man City last summer, and Jack Grealish, Bellingham’s national teammate, are said to be playing important roles in convincing the midfielder.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, Faez has told Madrid Xtra that their chief of scout, Juni Calafat, is the one who is pushing the Los Blancos to sign Bellingham. In fact, he regularly travels to German to hold talks.

At the same time, if the team fails to land Bellingham, the possibility of signing a midfielder will only depend on the market opportunity and whether they get another player.

For the moment, everyone expects Bellingham’s transfer to cost at least €150 million and if City are to complete this deal, they are expected to do so before the team depart for their preseason tour.

Everything is perfectly aligned for Manchester City, including their near-perfect relationship with Dortmund. During Haaland’s move to the Etihad, Dortmund really appreciated City’s attitude and all this comes as a big problem for Real Madrid.

At the same time, the report adds that Manchester City’s local rivals, Manchester United, also remain interested in Bellingham, although their priority at the moment is to sign a new striker. But the Englishman remains on the agenda at Old Trafford as well.

Media reports claim that apart from Bellingham, Madrid do not really have a strong alternative so if they end up losing out to City, it will be interesting to see who they rope in, in the summer.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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