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Manchester United ready to rival Real Madrid for €125 million-rated priority target



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At one point, the race for Jude Bellingham seemed to be set between Real Madrid and Liverpool. However, it is difficult to keep other clubs from entering the picture with talents such as the young Englishman. Manchester City soon entered the equation and made it a three-way competition.

Now, according to reports from The Telegraph, Manchester United are ready to enter the race for Bellingham. The introduction of a new party surely does not bode well for Real Madrid given that staying in England is a tempting proposition to the player.

The English outlet further adds that Bellingham’s transfer fee has now been set to a minimum of £110 million (€125 million).

In Real Madrid’s eyes, Bellingham is the dream signing for June. The 19-year-old midfielder is thought of as the ideal long-term replacement for the ageing Luka Modric and would fit perfectly alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the youngster’s signing would have no impact on Modric’s renewal for a further season, opening the doors for the Croatian international to mentor him for one year.

However, his arrival could have implications on the future of Toni Kroos whose loss would be devastating given his importance in the team.

Real Madrid have been apprehensive about paying over the odds for Bellingham and the addition of another Premier League team in the mix certainly does not bode well as they can splash the cash and meet Dortmund’s steep valuation for the 19-year-old.

It must be noted that Manchester United had previously pushed hard to sign Bellingham, prior to his move to Borussia Dortmund back in 2020. Now they are again back in the picture and could be a threat to Real Madrid’s chances, with the team performing well under Erik ten Hag.

In 23 Bundesliga appearances this season, Bellingham has scored four goals and provided four assists for Dortmund. He also. Averages 1.1 key passes per game and has created seven big chances.

Only time will tell whether he returns to his homeland this summer or moves to Spain by signing for Real Madrid.

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Manchester City join race to sign €40 million-rated Real Madrid target



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Manchester City have now joined the ever-growing list of admirers for Celta Vigo midfielder and Real Madrid target Gabri Veiga, reports Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the breakout stars of La Liga this season, having impressed with his goalscoring abilities from the centre of the park. Indeed, the youngster has notched up nine goals in La Liga and his exploits have made the giants of Europe sit up and take notice.

Real Madrid are said to be interested in Veiga’s services heading into the summer. The Merengues have Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Dani Ceballos on expiring contracts and it is unlikely that all three will be renewed, especially with Jude Bellingham being on the agenda.

In case of Modric and Kroos, even if they stay, it will likely be for only a season at the most. Hence, Los Blancos could require more than one central midfielder come summer, with Veiga emerging as an option.

The 20-year-old was also attracting interest from the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Atletico Madrid. Now, Manchester City have also jumped on the bandwagon of clubs interested in Veiga’s services.

The Cityzens, who are battling Real Madrid for Bellingham as well, are set to lose Ilkay Gundogan in the summer when his contract expires. Meanwhile, Bernardo Silva’s future is also far from certain, thus necessitating the signing of another midfielder.

Veiga has a release clause worth €40 million in his contract with Celta Vigo, which should not be a problem for either Real Madrid or Manchester City.

Celta Vigo president Carlos Mourino recently admitted that the midfielder could leave the club in the summer, saying:

“We don’t want to sell Gabri Veiga, but they are going to buy him from us. And we can’t do anything there. We know some of his offers and it is impossible to reach them.

“There are several teams behind Gabri. Real Madrid? They haven’t asked us, we don’t know if they will have called the player. Of the top 10 in the Premier League, four have asked about him.”

It will certainly be interesting to see whether Real Madrid are prepared to go all out for Veiga’s signing or decide to entirely focus on their pursuit of Bellingham.

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