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Real Madrid cool down interest in signing in-demand €150 million midfielder

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At one point in time, Real Madrid were reportedly treating the signing of Jude Bellingham as an absolute priority. But a recent revelation made by journalist Sergio Santos claims that the situation has now cooled down.

Santos writes that while Madrid are indeed looking forward to strengthening key areas, they understand the expenses required for the stadium renovation will somehow have its effect.

And as far as Bellingham’s signing is concerned, the midfielder is expected to cost more than €100 million in transfer fee, with some reports suggesting that Borussia Dortmund will demand €150 million for their ace midfielder.

It is not that Real Madrid cannot afford the midfielder. In fact, they are well-placed to make a bid but it is just that they do not want to take any risk at the moment by getting into the bidding war with Manchester City and Liverpool.

At Real Madrid, Bellingham has a certain reputation. He is liked by the management but there are some doubts, especially because in the past, many English players have struggled to acclimatize to Real Madrid.

So basically there is a fear of making an expense as big as €150 million for a player whose credentials and adaptation to Spanish football are unknown.

The only thing that continues to hinder Real Madrid’s pursuit of the young midfielder is the transfer fee. The team understands that in order to acquire his services, they must fend off the interest of several suitors.

So if Bellingham would have come at a rather affordable cost, the management would have considered him first-hand. For now, Los Blancos are willing to wait until the end of the season to see how the campaign pans out.

Above all, the management needs to make decisions on the contractual situations of several players. The hierarchy is leaning towards sticking with the continuity of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, as well, as Dani Ceballos.

So once that is done, they will put their heads into the Bellingham saga. As Santos writes, the player has all the leverage for now. This means as long as he does not make an effort to sign for Real Madrid, things will be complicated for the Merengues. And this is why he is no longer a priority for Madrid.

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Real Madrid eye €3.5 million-rated relegated Premier League striker to reinforce attack

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Following a difficult season with troubles in La Liga and the Champions League preventing Real Madrid from retaining their crowns, Los Blancos move towards a transformative summer, full of innovations.

Real Madrid managed to clear plenty of unwanted figures at the club, with a huge relief on the wage bill. However, with an array of exits, the squad has contracted and thus replacements are being inquired.

Apart from the high-profile departure of Karim Benzema, fringe players have also bid their farewell.

Among those names is Mariano Diaz, who was Madrid’s backup striker prior to his withdrawal. Several names have been put on the table to fill his absence as the club largely aim to address their lack of depth.

According to Arancha Rodriguez (via RM4Arab), Leeds United striker Rodrigo Moreno is one of the names gaining consensus in the Madrid hierarchy. Moreover, Joselu has also been considered as a viable alternative.

The two favourites to replace Mariano have proven to be important figures for their clubs as both strikers maintain a starting role.

Playing for Espanyol, Joselu ended the La Liga campaign as the third top scorer, only behind Benzema and Lewandowski. Considering Espanyol’s relegation, such a feat looks even more impressive. The Spaniard secured 19 goals in all competitions.

On the other hand, Rodrigo Moreno recorded 16 goals last season across all competitions. Similar to Joselu’s case, the Spanish international also suffered relegation with Leeds, in spite of his good numbers.

With both players offering adequate output in struggling sides, Real Madrid’s interest is practical. Moreover, considering both Espanyol and Leeds were relegated, their asking price will undeniably lower, which enables the Merengues to sign one of the two targets at a more convenient rate.

It is claimed that Rodrigo has a release clause worth €3.5 million which Los Blancos would have to trigger to sign him from Leeds United.

It now remains to be seen whether Carlo Ancelotti & co. go after the former Valencia man or move for Joselu instead.

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