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Real Madrid have not started negotiations to sign €150 million Liverpool target – Romano



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Over the past few days, there are a lot of speculations flying around regarding the future of Borussia Dortmund midfielder and Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham. And, reputed transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has issued an update on the situation of the England international.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, the Italian journalist has claimed that Real Madrid have not started any negotiations with Borussia Dortmund for Bellingham, although he insists that the two clubs share a good relationship.

While there may be no talks taking place between the two teams, Los Blancos are understood have made contact with the midfield sensation’s entourage.

However, Real Madrid will have to face a ton of competition in the race for Bellingham, mostly from clubs in the Premier League.

Liverpool are long-term admirers of the 19-year-old, with Romano claiming that the Reds are ‘obsessed’ with the former Birmingham City ace. They will be involved in the race to sign Bellingham come summer.

Along with the Reds, Manchester City and Chelsea will also be in the hunt for the England star. The former will see Ilkay Gundogan’s contract expire while the latter have Jorginho and N’Golo Kante running their deals down in 2023, creating vacancies for a player Bellingham to arrive.

Manchester United are also said to be interested in the teenager, although they are unlikely to be the favourites in the race given their recent struggles to compete at the highest level.

Recent reports seemed to indicate that Manchester City had emerged as favourites to sign Bellingham. But, Romano insists that there are no negotiations of any form at this moment and things will only start to pick up pace once the midfielder returns from the World Cup.

So, Real Madrid are firmly in the picture to sign Bellingham and Florentino Perez will hope to capitalise on the club’s good relationship to land the youngster who could end up costing around €150 million.

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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano



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According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.

After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.

The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.

A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.

Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.

But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.

At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.

However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.

For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.

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