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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 face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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