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.
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.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.