In a positive update, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund advanced in talks with each other over the transfer of Jude Bellingham this past Monday. As such, an agreement is finally closer and the deal could be completed this week.
Real Madrid have made Bellingham their top priority for the summer transfer window. Personal terms with the 19-year-old England international have already been agreed and the deal was expected to be over the line soon after the Bundesliga season ended.
However, that has not been the case as of yet. But there is no reason to worry for fans as Romano reports that a positive round of negotiations took place between the two clubs on Monday and they moved closer to finalising the deal for the midfielder.
One of the best young midfielders on the planet, Bellingham will likely cost the Merengues around €100 million plus add-ons.
It has been previously reported that the midfielder will be signing a six-year contract until 2029. His deal will have a massive release clause and wages that will increase with each passing season.
Real Madrid hope to finalise the signing of the 19-year-old by the end of the week.
The job will not be done though as the Spanish capital giants have a huge task of securing a replacement for Karim Benzema, who will be leaving for Saudi Arabia.
At the same time, Los Blancos are also looking for attacking reinforcements to make up for the losses of players like Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard from the squad.
Despite the impending arrival of Fran Garcia, another left-back is also on the agenda at the Valdebebas, while a move for a new right-back is not completely ruled out either.
It promises to be a hectic summer for Real Madrid, but they can tick the Bellingham box before this week after the latest round of negotiations with Dortmund went positively.
Real Madrid defender taken off with an injury against Las Palmas
There just does not appear to be any respite from injuries for Real Madrid.
Just when it appeared that they were close to having their full squad – barring the two long-term absentees – the Merengues have been struck down by fresh injuries this week.
Arda Guler, who was on the cusp of being named in the squad for the Las Palmas clash, injured himself in training on Tuesday.
And now, during the game against Las Palmas at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid have lost key defender David Alaba to an injury.
Close to the 40th-minute mark, Alaba went down on the ground clutching his leg and appeared to be in quite a bit of discomfort.
Soon enough, the medical staff arrived to take a look at the Austrian and seconds later he was off the pitch and straight towards the tunnel.
Lucas Vazquez came on to replace the injured Alaba, with Nacho Fernandez moving into the centre-back position alongside Antonio Rudiger.
Alaba’s injury leaves Carlo Ancelotti with just two fit centre-backs in Rudiger and Nacho, which is set to be a matter of great concern.
The hope will be that Alaba’s condition is nothing serious and that he is able to mount a quick recovery.