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Not Bellingham – Real Madrid face Liverpool competition in pursuit of midfield prodigy

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Real Madrid offices have no rest, for there is always important planning pending for the present or future. The Spanish champions may have completed their objectives in the current transfer window, but the attention is now on the long-term targets.

Jude Bellingham is one such player whom Los Blancos hope to sign in the coming windows, but they face strong competition from Liverpool in his pursuit. Interestingly, the Borussia Dortmund star is not the only player for whom the two European giants are locking horns.

According to reports from TyC Sports, Real Madrid and Liverpool are interested in Benfica’s young star Enzo Fernandez.

Yet, there is a fundamental difference. The Merseyside team want to sign the Argentine in the current window as an immediate reinforcement while Real Madrid see him as a signing for next year.

The 21-year-old prodigy is considered to be the creme de la creme of South American youngsters because of his versatility. Not only is his defensive play on point but his ability to break down defences with his incisive passes makes him special.

The Argentine signed for Benfica from River Plate last month. His deal with the Portuguese side is for five years, meaning that his signing will not come cheap.

Last season, Fernandez made 28 appearances for the Argentine side, scoring ten goals and providing seven assists in the process. This season, he already has one goal to his name in just four league appearances for Benfica.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid pursue both Bellingham and Fernandez next summer. However, given that they already have Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, one would expect the club to try for only one more star midfielder.

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Real Madrid’s teenage sensation to join camp on Wednesday, Brazilian core to return later

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Real Madrid enjoyed strong representation at the recently concluded European Championship and Copa America.

Dani Carvajal is the only player who returned with silverware, but it is safe to say that all the team’s stars on international duty put up displays to be proud of.

The attention now turns towards the season that lies ahead. Carlo Ancelotti and co. have already begun working ahead of the new campaign, and the internationals will begin rejoining training in the coming week, as relayed by MARCA.

The early returnees

Having suffered an early elimination in the Euro with Croatia, Luka Modric is set to return to training as early as the beginning of the coming week.

The veteran recently renewed his contract with the club and will be looking to prove that he still has it on his feet.

Modric will be available soon at Ancelotti’s disposal (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

The team’s new signing, Endrick, will join forces with Los Blancos on Wednesday as he begins a new chapter in his short, yet illustrious career so far. All eyes will be on his official signing and presentation.

Meanwhile, Arda Güler and Antonio Rudiger are expected to return to training under Ancelotti towards the end of the week.

The late entries

Players who progressed relatively deeper into the recently concluded tournaments have understandably been granted a longer vacation, and both the French and English representatives of the club enjoy that luxury.

Needless to say, no specific date has been set for their return, considering that their campaign in the Euro ran deep into July.

The team’s Copa America stars, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, and Eder Militão, meanwhile, will report to training on July 31st. Federico Valverde, who finished third with Uruguay, will likely enjoy a longer hiatus.

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