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Real Madrid getting closer to signing €150 million-rated Manchester City target – report

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Real Madrid are getting closer and closer to the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder and Manchester City target Jude Bellingham, according to Carlos Carpio of MARCA.

Bellingham is one of the most wanted players in the transfer market heading into the summer window, with a whole host of top European clubs gunning for his signature.

Liverpool recently dropped out of the race for the 19-year-old, leaving Real Madrid and Manchester City as the main contenders for his signing, although Manchester United are also said to be in the race.

It had been suggested that Manchester City might hold an advantage over Real Madrid due to their financial muscle and the club’s close relationship with Borussia Dortmund.

However, Los Blancos have been working hard to sign the England international. While the Spanish capital outfit would not be in a position to offer him a fat contract like the Premier League champions, they are trying to convince him through their history, legacy and sporting project.

Reports even suggested that Real Madrid are pointing at Kylian Mbappe’s decision to reject them in order to convince Bellingham, given that the former has found European success once again hard to come by at PSG.

Borussia Dortmund’s asking price of around €150 million remains steep and Real Madrid have no plans to meet that valuation to sign the 19-year-old prospect.

But if they can convince Bellingham to join the club, the Merengues would be in a position to negotiate a lower fee with Dortmund. The two teams have a good working relationship, having executed several transfer deals in the past.

And, Carlos Carpio claims that, as things stand, Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid is getting closer, with the Englishman seen as the priority candidate despite links to other midfielders such as Gabri Veiga of Celta Vigo.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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