Real Madrid have invested heavily in midfield lately, notably bringing in the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni and Edouard Camavinga for a fortune.
They are expected to serve as the future of the Real Madrid midfield unit, as veterans such as Luka Modric and Toni Kroos enjoy the final phase of their careers at the Santiago Bernabeu.
While both Tchouameni and Camavinga have been significant investments, Real Madrid have no plan of stopping just yet. They are, in fact, targeting an ambitious summer move for one of the hottest midfield prospects on the planet, in the form of Jude Bellingham.
This has been reported by Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), who suggest the Spanish giants have identified the Borussia Dortmund starlet as one of their transfer priorities in 2023.
Bellingham has been hugely successful in the Bundesliga, establishing himself as a leader at Dortmund even in his teenage years. His aggression and leadership qualities are lauded by many while the youngster also boasts excellent technical ability.
Bellingham’s performances have not been restricted to the Bundesliga either as the Englishman has performed consistently for his country as well. He was notably the Man of the Match when the Three Lions came from behind to draw 3-3 with Germany during the international break.
In light of the performance, Real Madrid are now aware that singing Bellingham from Dortmund will not be a walk in the park. In fact, Los Blancos believe that the Englishman could cost up to €130 million, which is a fortune for a player of his age.
It may even price Real Madrid out of the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet, who is widely labelled as one of the best talents to come out of English football.
And with the 2022 FIFA World Cup just around the corner, all eyes will be on Bellingham as he looks to further increase his demand ahead of the summer transfer window. With interest from Chelsea and Liverpool, things will only get harder for Real Madrid in their pursuit of the teenager.
Real Madrid summer signing set to return to training soon – report
Real Madrid’s main goal heading into the summer transfer window was to wrap up the signing of Jude Bellingham amid massive interest from Premier League giants such as Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea.
Pep Guardiola’s City, especially, were ready to match and increase any salary Madrid offered, and were going strongly into the bidding war.
Eventually, Bellingham decided to join Madrid after they reached an agreement with Borussia Dortmund for €3 million.
However, following this, los blancos had to improvise a fair bit as Karim Benzema decided to leave the club to join Al-Ittihad on a free transfer. They were expecting him to continue for another season, at least, and it stumped their plans in the market.
In the next few weeks, Madrid chased forwards, and ended up signing Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and a certain Arda Guler, who was close to Barcelona before eventually ending up at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Unfortunately for Madrid, he is yet to play a single minute for the club after picking up a serious injury in pre-season. Despite being on the bench for a couple of games, Guler suffered a relapse in training, and was sidelined again.
Now, reports from Yagiz Sabuncuoglu say that the Turkish international is close to returning to team training.
Guler has slowly, but surely, been recovering from his injury, and could take to the pitch for his first minutes with the club in the next few weeks as Madrid look for solutions after a month full of injuries.
With Vinicius Jr, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois all out until early 2024, Madrid have relied on Castilla for reinforcements, but could do with Guler’s services in their forward line.
That said, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are expected to be extremely cautious when it comes to the Turkish international. The slightest spell of poor man-management here could make or break the youngster’s career.