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Real Madrid in pole position to sign Liverpool target, could cost €120 million

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The transfer saga involving Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham continues to evolve with each passing day.

Only last week, it was reported that Liverpool had emerged as the frontrunners to sign the 19-year-old prodigy, with his family leaning towards a return to his homeland.

However, earlier today fresh reports emerged from Germany stating that Real Madrid were confident of landing the midfield sensation, with Liverpool’s chances being described as ‘moderate’ at best.

Building on those claims, MARCA and AS are now reporting that Real Madrid have now jumped into the pole position in the race to sign Bellingham in the summer of 2023.

The reports from both publications indicate that the former Birmingham City midfielder has decided to give top priority to a move to the Spanish capital club over a possible return to England, putting Los Merengues in the lead.

Real Madrid have been pursuing Bellingham for a long while now, having identified him as their utmost priority for the summer of 2023. The La Liga champions have been laying the groundwork for a deal for some time and it could pay off now.

Luka Modric is 37 years old and will bid goodbye to the Santiago Bernabeu sooner or later. There continues to be a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the future of Toni Kroos as well.

So, a new midfielder is a must for Carlo Ancelotti & co., with Bellingham their priority. AS claims that the plan is for the 19-year-old to play with Modric next season before fully taking over from 2024 onwards.

The report further claims that a deal could set Real Madrid back by €120 million at least following Bellingham’s exploits at the FIFA World Cup 2022 with England, and the fact that his contract with Dortmund runs until 2025.

Los Blancos also have the money to splash the cash to land Bellingham as per the report. And, as long as they have the midfielder’s consent to a move, they believe they have the upper hand in the race to land him.

It remains to be seen if Real Madrid do end up securing Bellingham’s signing or are forced to look at alternatives such as SL Benfica and Argentina starlet Enzo Fernandez.

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National embarrassment: Real Madrid star faces backlash over poor NT display

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Vinicius Jr., the star forward for Real Madrid and a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or, has faced heavy criticism for his recent performances with the Brazil national team. 

Despite his impressive displays at Real Madrid, Vinicius has recently struggled to live up to expectations in Brazil’s preparatory matches for the Copa America.

Brazilian fans and analysts had high hopes for Vinicius, expecting him to take on a leadership role in the national team’s attack, especially after the season he had with Madrid. 

Unfortunately, he has not managed to replicate his club form in these recent games. This situation mirrors what happened when he first joined Real Madrid, where his inconsistent performances initially raised doubts about his abilities.

Ballon d’Or in doubt?

In the lead-up to the Copa America, Brazil played two friendly matches. They narrowly defeated Mexico 3-2 and drew 1-1 with the United States. 

During these games, players like Endrick and Rodrygo stepped up, scoring crucial goals. However, Vinicius failed to make a significant impact, which has led to widespread disappointment among fans and media in Brazil.

Vinicius Jr. has scored just three goals for Brazil.(Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

For what it is worth, Vinicius’ last goal for Brazil dates back to June 17, 2023, when he scored against Guinea in a 4-1 win in a friendly match. In competitive matches, his last international goal dates back to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This underwhelming performance has resulted in sharp criticism towards the forward, who is considered one of the top candidates for the Ballon d’Or. 

Interestingly, his chances of winning this prestigious award heavily depend on his showing in the upcoming Copa America, which begins this week. 

Public opinion and the press in Brazil suggest that unless he drastically improves and leads his team to victory, his hopes for the award are slim.

Deserved criticism

Critics argue that Vinicius’s level of play with the national team is far below what he delivers at Real Madrid. 

They point out his poor goal-scoring record for Brazil, having only netted three times in 30 appearances, which is seen as unacceptable for a player of his calibre. 

Analysts are particularly disappointed by his inability to finish chances, dribble effectively, make successful passes, and escape defenders to create scoring opportunities.

Vinicius is also criticized for making poor decisions on the field. Commentators have noted that he doesn’t have the same impact with the national team as he does with Real Madrid. 

This echoes the concerns from his early days at the Spanish club, where he was praised for his persistence but criticized for his poor decision-making and lack of precision.

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