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.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.