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Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund separated by €30 million variables in Bellingham talks



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Over the past couple of days, it has started to become clear that Real Madrid are in the driver’s seat to secure the signing of primary target Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window.

Indeed, Los Blancos are understood to be ‘closer than ever’ to capturing the 19-year-old wonderkid’s signing. Talks with the midfielder’s camp have progressed very well and agreement on personal terms is understood to be pretty much sorted.

However, negotiations with Borussia Dortmund remain the final hurdle for Real Madrid to cross in their bid to sign Bellingham in the summer.

And, as per the latest update from Cadena SER, the two clubs are only separated by a €30 million variable payment in negotiations for Bellingham.

The report claims that Real Madrid have prepared a six-year contract for the England international, although some other sources have suggested he would be given a five-year deal.

It is further stated that Bellingham’s salary will only be less than Eden Hazard’s at Real Madrid, placing him on the second step in the payroll structure, while his deal would also consist of a €1 billion release clause.

While there are no hitches expected on the player’s side, the final frontier for the Merengues is coming to an agreement with Dortmund. The Black and Yellows are said to be asking for variables to the tune of €30 million, which is proving to be the bone of contention at this moment.

The two clubs share a good relationship, though, having worked on several deals in the past such as Nuri Sahin, Achraf Hakimi, and Reinier Jesus. And given Bellingham’s desire to move to Madrid, a compromise may well be reached in the coming days or weeks.

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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”



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Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.

Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.

The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.

However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.

“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.

Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.

Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.

So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.

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