It is no secret that Real Madrid plan on a spending frenzy this summer. For the window in the buildup to next season would be a big one, and departures like that of Karim Benzema have only upped the ante.
Real Madrid’s biggest acquisition so far has been the services of Jude Bellingham. The Merengues had to shell out €103 million for the English protege, and the initial plan was to spend the rest of the budget to reinforce multiple smaller cracks.
The entry of Kylian Mbappe into the scene has complicated matters. The club originally wanted to bring the Frenchman in on a free transfer next summer, but Florentino Perez now wishes to fast-forward the process by a year.
The cost of advancing the operation will run well over €150 million for the Merengues. Needless to say, the offices are working hard to find solutions to reduce the number.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the option of including a player in the deal is not ruled out. Ferland Mendy’s departure, on that front, is a real possibility.
The French defender, whose market value stands at €25 million, would fit well into Les Parisiens‘ objective of supporting national team players given his connection with Les Bleus. Concurrently, the deal would help the Merengues part ways with a player whose stocks have been dropping in recent times.
Los Blancos could eye one of Joao Cancelo or Alphonso Davies if Mendy ends up leaving. At the moment, however, Fran Garcia appears best placed to start at left-back next season.
Real Madrid will only begin officially talking to PSG once the French club reach an agreement with the player and sort out their differences. After all, the tensions are high between the two parties and there is no fixed price tag against Mbappe’s name as a result.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”