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Real Madrid could miss out on top target next summer as Man City emerge as favourites

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Jude Bellingham is one of many players Real Madrid are targeting next year, as part of their plans to shore up their ranks and add more quality to the setup.

With Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in their twilight years, Real Madrid have found it imperative to add new faces to the midfield unit. Bellingham, to that end, has been identified as the ideal option due to his leadership qualities, potential and ability to perform at the highest level of football.

However, according to a report from Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail, Real Madrid are not the front-runner in the race to sign Bellingham next season.

The English journalist suggests Manchester City are in pole position to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet. The Premier League giants have a good relationship with Dortmund and the two parties had notably done business over Erling Haaland in the summer.

And Mike Keegan is claiming that initial talks over a move for the England international have already been held.

It is also worth pointing out that Bellingham shares a close relationship with Haaland and may fancy the opportunity to reunite with the Norwegian. So, Haaland may hold great sway over Bellingham’s decision, as far as his next club is concerned.

Manchester City potentially prevailing in the race to sign the English international could serve as a major blow for Real Madrid, who have made Bellingham their utmost priority for the next summer window.

Although the club have invested heavily on the likes of Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni in recent years, Real Madrid still require a proper long-term replacement for Luka Modric next season.

However, all is not lost for Real Madrid just yet. The Merengues share a close relationship with Borussia Dortmund and if they can conjure up the finances, there is still an excellent chance of them making a push to sign Bellingham, as he looks to take the next step in his career.

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National team manager reveals plans for Real Madrid wonderkid at the Euros

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Following a solid end to his debut campaign at Real Madrid, Arda Guler is all set to play a key part for Turkey at the UEFA Euro 2024.

The 19-year-old wonderkid struggled with injuries during the first half of the last season at Real Madrid but eventually made the most of his chances towards the final phase of the campaign.

All in all, Guler finished the 2023/24 season with a tally of six goals from 12 matches, winning La Liga, Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Champions League.

Vincenzo Montella’s plans for Guler with Turkey

A special talent like Guler, who is attracting a lot of interest heading into the summer, has what it takes to be a differential player for the Turkish national team.

Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella. (Photo by OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images)

Ahead of their Euro opener against Georgia next week, Turkey manager Vincenzo Montella gave an insight into how he plans to use the Real Madrid youngster – whether as a starter or from the bench, and his position.

“Arda generally played on the right wing in both Fenerbahçe and Real Madrid. If he played alone, he could be number ten, but for now, he seems to be closer to playing on the right wing,” said Montella (h/t Sporx).

On whether Guler is ready to start in the major European tournament, he added: “The most important thing is to be able to establish balance well. He played well in the last match, and we have the desire to start with him. However, I am still in the decision stage.”

So far, Guler has made seven appearances for the Turkish national team, in which he has netted one goal. And, he will be looking forward to adding to that tally at the Euros, whether he starts as a right-winger or a No. 10.

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