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Real Madrid identify two key positions to strengthen in summer – report

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According to Spanish radio channel COPE (ht/Madrid Xtra), Real Madrid’s plan for the summer is to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham and a full-back.

The channel further claims that the Madrid management has allocated a budget of over €300 million for the summer transfer window, but the idea is such that the money will not be spent on those that the scouting and coaching staff is not convinced by.

For now, Bellingham remains Madrid’s utmost priority, but so are the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City. That basically means whoever bids the most will get their man in the summer.

As far as Dortmund are concerned, we have reported before that the team from Germany does not really want to lose their prized asset.

In fact, they are willing to make him the highest-paid player in the squad, but before promising anything, they want to know from the player whether or not he wishes to continue.

All this means that despite the evident interest across Europe, not even his current team can make a concrete decision. Interestingly enough, however, the midfielder is yet to make up his mind about his future.

As of today, following the recent 1-3 loss against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final, Madrid were expected to make instant signings to boost their current roster. On the contrary, the management does not want to rope in any short-term fix.

Rather, they are looking at the holistic picture and will only reinforce those areas that need strengthening. This is why Bellingham becomes a top target, as the futures of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are pretty much uncertain.

As far as signing a full-back is concerned, the early guess would be left-back, to say the very least. This is mainly because Ferland Mendy does not really have a straightforward competition, and on top of that, even his future is pretty much debatable at the moment.

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Real Madrid offered the chance to sign Brazilian striker, one of 4-5 names on radar

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There is no secret that Real Madrid might consider a move for a new striker in the coming summer. With Karim Benzema slowly nearing the end of his career, the club are looking for a viable alternative ahead of the new season.

Carlo Ancelotti has been left impressed by the performances of Rodrygo in the centre forward position. But the club could still use the services of a more recognised option in the number nine position.

The Spanish giants are reportedly assessing La Liga for a potential low-cost option. But they are also open to looking through in other leagues, in their bid to add more depth in the attacking department.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano claims Real Madrid are eyeing a swoop for Roberto Firmino. The Liverpool star has become the latest player to be shortlisted by Los Blancos, with his current contract at Liverpool expiring at the end of the season.

Formerly of TSG Hoffenheim, Firmino has a stellar track record of performing in Europe. He has scored 110 goals in 361 competitive matches during his time at Liverpool, winning the Premier League and the Champions League title.

A centre forward by trade, Roberto is known for his tactical flexibility and the ability to shift into wider areas to build up the player.

It makes him an appealing target for Real Madrid, who would prefer a versatile striker in their ranks that can not only provide cover for Benzema but also the likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo.

Real Madrid, though, are yet to hold any discussions with Roberto Firmino just yet. He has just been added to the list of targets and one would expect the Spanish giants to make a move once the season is over and the player becomes a free agent.

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