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Real Madrid in contact with the ‘inner circles’ of teenage English prodigy

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The transfer market has changed dramatically over the past few years, moving from a relatively parsimonious environment to one with a free-spending culture. With clubs now ready to break the bank to strengthen their squads, the inflation of players’ values has gone through the roof.

Borussia Dortmund did the same with Jude Bellingham when the youngster asked for a move away from Germany. With the youngster’s unquestionable talent and a host of top teams behind his signing, the Bundesliga side saw it as the perfect opportunity to bring home the bacon.

A price tag of around €150 million was immediately slapped against Bellingham’s name, forcing Real Madrid to reconsider their pursuit as the board felt the demands were far too north. Now, the situation has seen another turnaround.

According to reports from MARCA, Dortmund have now given Bellingham permission to choose his next destination himself without any hindrance from the management. Thus, it appears that he will now be sold not to the highest bidder but to the team that offers him the best prospects.

This comes as big news to the offices of Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid are already in contact with the midfielder’s ‘inner circles’ and negotiations are expected to speed up in the coming weeks.

The teenager has a contract until 2025 in Germany, but his current team have resigned to the fact that he does not see his future at their club. While Dortmund will still demand north of €100 million for his signing, the fee might no longer be as high as initially speculated.

Bellingham scored one goal and provided one assist for England in the recently concluded FIFA World Cup and was arguably the Three Lions’ best midfielder.

Given his young age and high ceiling, he would be a perfect fit into Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and Real Madrid’s long-term future.

Liverpool were touted as serious competitors for Real Madrid in the race for the 19-year-old, but they have since shifted their focus towards Enzo Fernandez, clearing the way for Los Blancos to land Bellingham in 2023.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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