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Real Madrid have not made an offer for Bellingham, claims Dortmund director
Earlier in the month, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl refused to comment on the future of Jude Bellingham, suggesting that the player is focusing on the ongoing Bundesliga title race, more than anything else.
In a recent interaction with the media, Kehl has iterated his position, adding that there have been no negotiations with Real Madrid or any club, regarding Bellingham.
“No offer on the table at the moment, no news, nothing to decide – Jude’s focused on the final games then we’ll see,” Kehl told ESPN (h/t Fabrizio Romano).
Kehl’s comments come against the backdrop of various sources linking Bellingham to a move to Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are confident of securing the services of the Englishman at the end of the season.
However, they are yet to reach an agreement with Dortmund regarding the transfer fee. It is going to be the trickiest part for the club, knowing BVB are likely to hold out for a hefty sum for the midfielder’s services.
When asked about any offers received for Bellingham, Kehl said the club do not have any guidelines and will do its best to keep hold of the midfielder beyond the summer.
“Astronomical bids? We’ve no guidelines. We always fight to keep the best players here,” he said.
Bellingham’s current contract at Dortmund expires in 2025. But the German giants have been trying to renew his deal by offering him a lucrative salary. However, it appears the player is determined to take the next step in his career, with Real Madrid a likely destination.
In the meantime, though, Bellingham will indeed look to focus on the Bundesliga title race. His team Dortmund are currently second in the table, trailing Bayern Munich by just a point with two matches remaining.
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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report
Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.
According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.
The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.
The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.
There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.
Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.
Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.
Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.