Even though the summer transfer window of 2023 is still a long way away, speculations regarding the movements of players for next year are already starting to gather steam.
Jude Bellingham is set to spark a major transfer battle next year, as the 19-year-old gets set for the next chapter in his career after cementing his status as one of the best young talents in the game currently.
In a little over two years at Borussia Dortmund, the Englishman has proven himself to be a superstar in the making and a host of top teams are lining up to sign him next summer.
Indeed, journalist Ben Jacobs is reporting that Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are all in the running to capture the services of Bellingham in the summer of 2023.
It is claimed that Real Madrid, at this point, are very confident of signing the 19-year-old former Birmingham City starlet, even though Dortmund wish to hand him a new contract after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Reports earlier this week indicated that Los Blancos have told Bellingham not to sign a new deal, which he intends to follow through on, potentially making it easier for the Spanish and European champions to sign him.
However, Liverpool cannot be ruled out of the running at this point as they, like Real Madrid, have put in a lot of work behind the scenes.
The journalist adds that pulling off a huge transfer like the one involving Bellingham takes a lot of time, energy, and personal investment apart from a solid sporting project and a good financial package.
And Real Madrid and Liverpool are the two clubs amongst his suitors to have put in the most efforts, which they believe will pay off when the teenager will make a decision on his future in January or at the end of the season.
However, Manchester City remain contenders as Erling Haaland has reportedly asked Bellingham to join him at the Etihad.
Chelsea are also monitoring the teenager and would be able to put together a package that would appeal to Dortmund. However, they are not seen as frontrunners, much like Manchester United, who are well behind in the race, reckons Ben Jacobs.
As things stand, it seems like it will be a two-horse race between Real Madrid and Liverpool for Bellingham, with Los Blancos confident of signing him for less than £100 million.
Recent reports indicated that Bellingham wanted to join Real Madrid. But Jacobs adds that the Dortmund ace is yet to decide on his next club and is keeping his options open. It will certainly be interesting to see how things pan out over the next few months as the battle for the midfielder’s signing intensifies.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.