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Real Madrid have good relationship with Dortmund, could be key in Bellingham pursuit



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According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid are still working on Jude Bellingham’s deal and the fact that the Los Blancos have a great working relationship with Borussia Dortmund is, in fact, a key factor in this negotiation.

Signing Bellingham is not going to be an easy task not just for Madrid, but for any team expecting to be in the race. 

It is understood that since he does not have a release clause in his current contract and his deal runs until 2025, it will take at least €150 million for the suitor to sign him in the summer. On top of that, there is also going to be big commissions and over-the-top salary.

For now, Real Madrid and Manchester City are the only possible destinations after Liverpool decided to pull out of the race. The reason why Jurgen Klopp’s team decided to end their pursuit was actually the price.

The management of the Premier League side came to terms with the fact that rather than spending €150 million on one player, it is feasible to sign more players with that budget.

And now, speaking in his Here We Go podcast, Romano confirmed that although Real Madrid have an edge due to their relationship with the team, the player’s decision is very much important and this is the only reason why City are still in the race.

“The expectation around Bellingham is that if some club manage to sign him in the summer, it will be for full €150 million at least including add-ons. Apart from that, there will be big commissions and important salaries over a five or six-year deal.”

“Real Madrid have a very good relationship with Borussia Dortmund and this is a factor in the story. But we also know how important the player’s decision will be and this is why Manchester City are still in the race.” 

Romano added that Madrid have already established contacts with the player and they are currently working on a deal.

“Real Madrid have always been there [in the race to sign Bellingham]. They have had contacts and they are still working on the deal. They want Bellingham, that’s for sure and they are in conversation.”

Lastly, the journalist claimed that Bellingham also has admirers at Manchester United, but the current state of affairs at the club is making it hard for them to stay in the race. 

At the same time, Dortmund are not going to give up on him easily as they want him to continue for another year.

“For Manchester United, there were rumours early on but the problem is the club’s sale. Everything depends on how long it will take and how much United will invest. It’s not easy for them to stay in the race,” said Romano.

“Keep an eye on Dortmund until the end because they are still trying to tie him up in a new deal, at least for one more season with a release clause. This could be one option but it’s upto the player and his father at the end,” he added.

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Real Madrid plan to hold talks with Chelsea over €60 million-rated German international



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Kai Havertz has emerged as the latest target for Real Madrid as they look to beef up the attacking unit ahead of the new season.

The club are bracing themselves for the loss of Marco Asensio, who is reportedly closing in on a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Even Dani Ceballos is facing an uncertain future at Santiago Bernabeu, though the club are making a last-gasp effort to keep hold of the midfielder.

In order to mitigate the losses, Real Madrid are planning to bring in a new attacker, with Havertz emerging as a potential candidate.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s plan is to hold talks with Chelsea in the next few weeks, over the possibility of Havertz’s move to the Bernabeu.

The Premier League giants seek good money for the German international, but do not consider him ‘untouchable’. The player, after all, has endured a difficult season, where his productivity has been questioned.

The former Bayer Leverkusen starlet has netted seven goals in the Premier League this past season, but the number could have easily breached the 15 mark if the forward had successfully converted most of his chances.

Chelsea, therefore, are ready to offload the German ahead of the new season. The Blues had signed the young playmaker in the summer of 2020, for an astounding €80 million. But the move has not paid off at all, with the player scoring just 32 goals in 139 appearances.

Chelsea are now keen on recouping some of that investment by asking big money for Havertz this summer. Real Madrid, for their part, are not exactly clear how much they should spend on the German, but they appear ready to take the gamble on the player.

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