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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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Contract extension of two Real Madrid veterans will be signed soon – Fabrizio Romano

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According to Fabrizio Romano, both Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez will soon sign new contracts with Real Madrid. 

These deals are expected to be official shortly, ensuring that both players will stay with the club for another year as their contracts will be valid until June 2025.

Interestingly, Carlo Ancelotti has been key to this decision as he believes Modric’s experience and leadership are crucial for the team, especially since Real Madrid has a relatively young midfield lineup.

What is noteworthy is that Modric is willing to accept a pay cut to remain with the club. In the 2023/24 season, Modric earned around €10 million. 

However, under the new agreement, he will see a significant reduction in his salary by 40%. This means he will earn about €6 million for the 2024/25 season. Modric’s representatives have agreed to these terms.

What about Lucas Vazquez?

Real Madrid have assured the continuity of Modric and Vazquez. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Vazquez, who has been the subject of recent exit rumours, has also reached an agreement with Real Madrid for a new contract. 

This deal will also keep him at the club until June 2025. There will be a final meeting soon to finalise the details and sign the contract, similar to the process for Modric’s deal.

It is said that Real Madrid’s decision to keep Vazquez was made some time ago as the club view him as the ideal backup for Dani Carvajal, indicating that they do not plan to sign another right-back during the summer transfer window.

Madrid’s confidence

Although the negotiations took longer than expected, both Vazquez and the club are on the same page and want the same outcome. 

In summary, Real Madrid is set to secure the futures of both Modric and Vazquez with new contracts valid until June 2025. 

Modric’s deal involves a pay cut, reflecting his commitment to the club, while Vazquez’s new contract underscores the club’s confidence in him as a reliable backup for their right-back position. 

These moves are part of Real Madrid’s strategy to blend experienced leadership with youthful talent in their squad.

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