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Real Madrid and Liverpool confident about signing English prodigy next summer – report

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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.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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