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Real Madrid have been in talks with Liverpool target for a year – report

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Every summer, Real Madrid are linked with at least one big-money signing to beef up their squad and ensure that they stay competitive. In recent years, Eden Hazard, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga have come in as such reinforcements.

The offices in Madrid never rest and the administration are already contemplating the big transfer for the 2023 summer transfer window. As it stands, that name seems to be Jude Bellingham.

MARCA report that talks and discussions regarding the English midfielder began a year ago. Now, the discussions have intensified and the club is discussing the possible economics of the deal.

Los Blancos do not view the youngster as a direct replacement for either Toni Kroos or Luka Modric. Bellingham is seen as a player who can be the centre-piece of the team for the next decade as a member of the team’s next dynamic midfield core.

The club will look to pull off the operation using the same formula that they used for Tchouameni and Camavinga in recent years. It is expected that the transfer fee involved will be above the €100 million mark, but the nine-digit figure does not deter Los Blancos’ plans.

One of the biggest reasons for the sudden boost in the progress of talks is Real Madrid’s scouting genius Juni Calafat. The mastermind is personally handling the midfielder’s signing and is said to be a fan of his profile.

This season, Bellingham has started all eight of Borussia Dortmund’s games, providing one assist in the process.

His numbers in the Champions League are more impressive as he scored three goals and assisted one in just three games. Recently, he became the youngest captain to score a goal in UCL history at the age of just 19.

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Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club

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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.

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