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Real Madrid eye Arsenal, Barcelona target as Plan B if Bellingham move fails – report

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It is no secret that Real Madrid have their sights firmly set on a move for Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham for the summer of 2023.

Even though the Merengues plan to renew Luka Modric and Toni Kroos for one more year, they are intent on adding Bellingham to their midfield ranks next year as they continue to build for the future with the likes of Fede Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.

However, a move for Bellingham will not be straightforward given the interest he is attracting from clubs in the Premier League. Liverpool have been long-term admirers while more recently, Manchester City have emerged as strong contenders to sign him.

In light of these developments, Real Madrid are readying a contingency in case they fail to sign Bellingham and have identified Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans as a potential Plan B.

This claim comes from SPORT, who state that Los Blancos have joined Barcelona and Arsenal, among other clubs, in pursuit of the Belgian international.

Tielemans will be a free agent at the end of the season as his contract with Leicester is set to expire. Arsenal have been on his trail for some time now and are seen as the favourites given that they have had contact with the midfielder’s entourage.

Barcelona, too, are eyeing the former AS Monaco ace as a possible reinforcement in midfield, with their director, Jordi Cruyff, said to be a great admirer of the Foxes’ star’s talents.

As for Real Madrid, Tielemans’ name had been recommended to the club in the past by former manager Zinedine Zidane when he was in charge of the team. However, no move had materialised back then.

The report insists that Bellingham remains Los Merengues’ top priority for next summer, despite the threat of Manchester City looming. And president Florentino Perez’s good relationship with Borussia Dortmund could come to their aid.

The Englishman will end up costing around €150 million. However, in case Real Madrid miss out on Bellingham’s capture, Tielemans is now being lined up as an alternative.

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PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025

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As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.

All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.

And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.

Hakimi could return to Real Madrid

Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.

Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.

However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.

And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.

The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.

Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.

As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.

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