It is no secret that Real Madrid are eyeing a move for Jude Bellingham next summer.
With Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga already settling in as the successors for Casemiro and Toni Kroos respectively, the Englishman is reportedly considered as the heir to Luka Modric’s throne.
A fresh revelation suggests that Los Blancos will face stiff competition from a whole host of clubs for their dream target’s signature.
As reported by The Athletic (h/t Madrid Zone), the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are also interested in signing Jude Bellingham in the 2023/2024 season.
It has also been mentioned that with England no longer being a part of the European Union since Brexit, Carlo Ancelotti’s men were doubtful about signing the midfield dynamo, due to La Liga’s strict non-EU regulations.
However, the club’s worries have been eased recently, with Vinicius Jr. obtaining Spanish citizenship, which allows Bellingham’s arrival as a potential non-EU member of the squad.
Ultimately, the signing will be anything but easy as one can imagine that the draw of playing in the Premier League could tempt an English player.
Liverpool, United and Chelsea desperately need a midfielder to reinforce the centre of the park, while City may need a potential replacement for Bernardo Silva if he leaves next summer. As such, Los Merengues will certainly not have a free run at securing the youngster’s services.
However, the 19-year-old’s potential acquisition could mean Real Madrid have successfully overhauled their ageing midfield, with Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde all being under the age of 25.
With Jude Bellingham’s unique ability to operate across the middle of the park, it is understandable why Real Madrid wish to sign a midfielder who may bring the full package to the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid defender’s camp asked the club to sign a backup in his position – report
The lack of options in the full-back positions at Real Madrid has become a subject of intense debate.
Real Madrid went into the season with Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez as their right-back options while Ferland Mendy was the only left-back at Carlo Ancelotti’s disposal, as David Alaba made it clear that he wished to play as a central defender.
The shortage of quality depth has come to haunt Real Madrid in recent times as both Vazquez and Carvajal have spent time on the sidelines while Mendy has also fallen to an injury recently.
With Alaba also struggling for fitness, Ancelotti has been forced to use Eduardo Camavinga at left-back in the last two matches.
Amidst this, Guillermo Rai of The Athletic is reporting that Mendy has been asked to play in games even when he has not been at 100% fitness on occasions this season by Real Madrid.
Hence, the Frenchman’s entourage had asked the Merengues to sign a backup left-back so that they can rotate more freely and give the defender rest when he is not at 100%.
However, their request was not heeded by the reigning Spanish and European champions, leaving Mendy as the lone left-back in the squad.
But that has changed recently as Real Madrid are understood to have triggered €5 million buyback option on Rayo Vallecano’s Fran Garcia, who will return to the Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.
For now, however, Ancelotti will have to cope with just Mendy as his frontline left-back, although Camavinga’s recent performances have shown that he can be relied on in times of emergency.
Nacho, too, is an option, although the Real Madrid cantera has been filling in at right-back in recent weeks and could be needed at centre-back following Eder Militao’s injury against Valencia on Thursday night.