Real Madrid’s midfield has some of the finest young talents in world football.
In his short time at the club, Aurelien Tchouameni has shown to have what it takes to be a regular starter for the men in white. Eduardo Camavinga has been a force to reckon with off the bench. Meanwhile, Federico Valverde continues to go from strength to strength through his fearless performances.
However, that does not mean that the department is complete. With Luka Modric and Toni Kroos nearing the end of their stellar careers, Los Blancos want to make one more big-name signing to beef up their department and set them apart.
According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid are in pole position to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next summer. The young midfielder, who is also a target for Liverpool, is seen as the chosen one to be the team’s next big signing.
Los Blancos feel that they need more playmaking in the middle of the park and know that it is impossible to find a direct replacement for either Toni Kroos or Luka Modric. Hence, their plan is to go after the best available talent and Bellingham fits that bill.
The European champions have told the English international that it is now or never to tempt him to join the club.
So far, Real Madrid have been receiving positive feedback from the player’s camp and talks are expected to progress in the coming days. This claim contradicts earlier reports which stated that Bellingham would favour a move to Liverpool over Real Madrid.
Apart from Real Madrid and Liverpool, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are also keen on the England international. But, as per the aforementioned report, it is the Merengues, who are in ‘pole position’ to sign Bellingham up.
In eight Bundesliga appearances this season, the 19-year-old has provided one assist and created three big chances. Despite being an attacking midfielder, he averages over 15 defensive actions per game.
In Dortmund’s UEFA Champions League game against Sevilla earlier this week, he became the youngest player to score as captain in the history of the competition. With that goal, he took his season’s tally to three goals and an assist in just three games in Europe.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.