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.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.