Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham is a wanted man across the continent. The 19-year-old, who has scored 13 goals in over two years with the German club, is currently been monitored by as many as four top teams across Europe.
As reported by SPORT, the aforementioned teams are Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid. However, Liverpool are currently leading the race as Jurgen Klopp wants to reinforce his midfield next summer.
The Reds did sign Arthur Melo from Juventus on loan but it’s pretty much evident that the former Barcelona midfielder does not fit into their philosophy. Apart from that, his injury record isn’t great either, meaning he is only a contingency plan for Liverpool at the moment.
Bellingham is a regular starter for Borussia Dortmund and the four teams have already laid the groundwork for his arrival. To begin with, Real Madrid want the midfielder to replace Luka Modric, who at 37 years of age does not really have many years ahead of him.
Furthermore, there are rumours that despite the majority of funds being invested in the rebuilding of Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to sanction a transfer budget of €400 million next year.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have been chasing Bellingham for several years. The lack of a transparent blueprint followed by managerial changes have forced them to back out.
Even so, the probability of Bellingham joining Manchester United will depend on whether or not they qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season. Chelsea, too, are involved in the race, although the recent turbulence at the club might count against them.
As far as the player is concerned, he has always thanked Dortmund for their support, saying, “The club has done a lot for me and has made me feel very welcome since I arrived and has given me opportunities to develop further. To look further and into the future would be disrespectful.”
But between today and the next summer window, a lot could change.
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.