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Real Madrid hold positive talks with Bellingham’s camp, but unwilling to pay €150m

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A recent report from The Athletic has offered an update on the future of Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund starlet has emerged as the star attraction in the market and is expected to make a big-money move in the summer, with Real Madrid among the clubs interested.

However, as per the report, there are clouds of uncertainty brewing over Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bellingham. The club have made informal and positive talks with the midfielder’s camp over a potential move to Santiago Bernabeu in the summer.

But internally, the club are unsure about signing Bellingham due to multiple factors, one of which is his price tag. Dortmund are indeed looking for a staggering €150 million fee for the services of the Englishman, which is beyond Real Madrid’s valuation.

The Whites are not willing to pay that amount for Bellingham and have set a particular fee they are willing to shell for the midfielder. They have not shown any desire to move away from that figure.

Moreover, signing a new midfielder is not one of Real Madrid’s priorities in the coming summer. This is because the club have taken Toni Kroos and Luka Modric’s contract extensions for granted. They are also expected to offer a contract extension to the in-form Dani Ceballos.

Instead, Los Blancos are prioritising the signing of a new number nine, especially with Karim Benzema nearing the final phase of his career.

The signing of Bellingham, therefore, appears to be a distant prospect for Real Madrid in their bid to strengthen their ranks in the middle of the park. The player himself seems to favour a move to Liverpool and is a huge admirer of coach Jurgen Klopp.

However, a prolonged stay at Dortmund has not been ruled out either, as Bellingham enjoys his life in the city and has become one of the most important components of the first team.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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