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Real Madrid could include in-form 23-year-old ace as makeweight in Bellingham operation

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Real Madrid are slowly starting to step up their pursuit of Jude Bellingham, who looks likely to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

Although the operation is still in its nascent stages, Real Madrid have made contact with the player’s agents. They are looking to convince the youngster to move to Santiago Bernabeu by highlighting the sporting prospects.

However, the operation could still be tricky for Los Blancos, with the player likely to cost in the range of €150 million.

But according to SER Deportivos (h/t AS), Real Madrid are looking to sweeten the deal by offering Brahim Diaz. The club are hoping that the former Manchester City playmaker would reduce the overall cost of the operation, thereby allowing Real Madrid to complete the move.

Once regarded as one of the top Spanish young talents, Diaz has enjoyed an impressiveloan spell at AC Milan over the past couple of years. His performances had even compelled Real Madrid to consider making him a part of the first team next season.

Diaz’s current club AC Milan have expressed the desire to sign him permanently in the coming summer. However, with the opportunity to use him as a makeweight in the Bellingham deal looming large, Real Madrid are set to have the last word over his future.

That being said, it remains to be seen whether or not Dortmund would be interested in signing Diaz as part of the deal. The German club have not had much success with Spanish players historically, so it would not be a surprise to see them pass on the opportunity.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid and Dortmund have an excellent relationship, which could be vital as the club look to lure Bellingham to the Bernabeu in the coming summer.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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