There has been a lot of noise over the future of Jude Bellingham lately. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has become a subject of interest for various clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.
The reigning European champions are targeting the Englishman as a potential long-term replacement for Luka Modric, whose current deal at the club expires at the end of the season.
However, luring Bellingham away from Dortmund will not be a straightforward task for Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are facing immense competition from other clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool and Manchester City.
And if reports from Florian Plettenberg are to be believed, Manchester United, too, are now keeping tabs on the midfielder. In fact, the Premier League giants have identified the Dortmund starlet as their No. 1 target for 2023, with Erik ten Hag particularly keen on his services.
Manchester United were close to signing Bellingham during his time at Birmingham City. The youngster was even provided with a guided tour of the stadium, but the move did not materialise, as the 19-year-old opted to move to Dortmund.
Since then, the youngster has exploded into superstardom and is considered as one of the most gifted young players on the planet.
Despite missing out two years ago, Manchester United are determined to sign Bellingham in the coming summer. However, the likelihood of them bagging Bellingham remains low, primarily due to competition from other clubs.
Teams such as Real Madrid and Liverpool are indeed hot on Bellingham’s heels and could splash the cash for him in 2023.
However, with the midfielder likely to be priced at €150 million, it will be interesting to see whether the Whites can prevail in the race, ahead of money-making machines such as Man City and PSG.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
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.