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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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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.

But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.

It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.

Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.

And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.

Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.

The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.

Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.

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