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Real Madrid face Liverpool, Man City battle for €150m target, Man United out of the race



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Real Madrid’s rebuild is centred around its reserve of young talents, be it Federico Valverde, Vinicius Jr or Aurelien Tchouameni. Given that the World Cup is the biggest stage in the sport for young talents to announce their arrival, Los Blancos are keeping tabs on the performances of their targets during the competition.

Jude Bellingham started England’s game against the USMNT on Friday and played 70 minutes with a pass accuracy of over 90%. However, he was certainly far from his best at Al Bayt Stadium.

It is no secret that Real Madrid are strongly interested in signing the Englishman. However, Florian Plettenberg brings to light information about the midfielder’s transfer saga that could ring bells in Madrid.

According to the Sky Sport Germany journalist, three clubs are keenly interested in securing Bellingham’s services next summer. Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool are involved in the three-way tussle, with Jurgen Klopp especially desperate to sign him.

Given the tough competition, Bellingham’s price tag has significantly bumped up too. Borussia Dortmund now ask close to €150 million for his signing, a number that would force even the best clubs to reconsider their interest.

Manchester United were monitoring the player earlier year but are now virtually out of the race owing to a plethora of reasons. While the Red Devils’ exclusion is a big relief, Liverpool now pose a serious threat to Los Blancos’ chances in the race.

At Real Madrid, Bellingham is seen as the final piece to complete the transition of the midfield department from the legendary trio of Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric.

But it has been previously reported that Los Blancos would be unwilling to bid as high as €150 million to sign him. However, with his value soaring and top clubs vying to sign him, the Spanish capital club might have to loosen their purse strings or risk missing out on his capture.

Bellingham’s England fell to a tame draw against the USMNT last night but are still well-placed to top the group.

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€40 million midfielder prefers a move to Real Madrid over Premier League clubs – report



The race for Jude Bellingham has become tightly contested in recent weeks. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid all pursue the Borussia Dortmund star closely and hope to win his signing come June.

Given the heavy competition, it is natural that the clubs have alternative names on their tables. One such name on the radars of the aforementioned clubs is Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga.

The La Liga midfielder has offers from the Premier League for the summer. However, SER reports that the player has asked Real Madrid if they will match the offer from England and has displayed his interest in joining the club.

Veiga’s release clause with Celta Vigo is valued at €40 million. If the Merengues can match such a valuation, either through direct means or player exchanges, the young phenom will don white next season.

Real Madrid have followed Veiga’s profile for a while now and have made their interest in his signing known to his environment. Yet, the Spanish outlet also adds that Veiga’s potential arrival in June would not close the doors for Jude Bellingham’s signing.

Rafa Marin of Real Madrid Castilla is a player who interests Celta Vigo, and unsurprisingly is one of the names on Los Blancos’ table to utilise in a swap deal for Veiga. Yet, it is safe to say that talks of a player exchange are in a rudimentary stage.

The 20-year-old Spanish phenom has lit up La Liga this season. In 25 appearances for Celta Vigo this season, he has scored nine goals and provided three assists. He averages close to one key pass per game and has created five big chances in his league campaign.

With Los Blancos unwilling to let go of Bellingham’s pursuit irrespective of Veiga’s signing, the question will boil down to the financial leeway the Merengues have and whether they can afford to shell out €40 million in addition to the Englishman’s fee.

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