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Real Madrid keeping tabs on £100 million Arsenal, Manchester City midfield target

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Real Madrid’s plans for the upcoming summer transfer window are revolutionary, to say the least.

Kylian Mbappe, Alphonso Davies and a new centre-back are the primary targets while there have been rumours of the club’s interest in Bernardo Silva.

SPORT now reveal another top Premier League star who is on Los Blancos’ radar for the upcoming summer and whose move would stun the football world – Bruno Guimaraes.

Interest from across Europe

The Newcastle United star has attracted interest from across Europe after his stellar run with the Premier League side which began in the winter of the 2021-22 season.

This season, he has played 44 games for the Magpies, contributing four goals and eight assists from a deep-lying midfield position.

Further, he averages 1.6 key passes and completes two successful dribbles per game.

PSG, Arsenal and Manchester City are already in the running to sign the player from Newcastle this summer, and now, Real Madrid have the player on their agenda.

Bruno Guimaraes is a man in demand. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The two clauses

Guimaraes’ contract with the Magpies runs until the summer of 2028, giving potential suitors little leverage over transfer negotiations.

The player’s contract, however, boasts two clauses that potentially dictate his move away from Newcastle.

First, Guimaraes’ contract includes a release clause of £100 million (~€116 million), a valuation that is rich but not excessive for a player of his calibre.

The second pivotal clause in his deal is that the player could lose up to 20 per cent of his wages should Newcastle not qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

Considering that Eddie Howe’s side are currently in sixth place with 50 points, a staggering 16 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa, that looks unlikely with just six games to go.

The potential fall in salary, needless to say, could tempt Guimaraes to look for new pastures.

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Real Madrid superstar the No. 1 footballer currently, says Spain manager

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Speaking in an interview with Vamos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has acknowledged that Real Madrid ace Jude Bellingham is the No. 1 footballer in the world currently.

Bellingham has enjoyed a spectacular debut season at Real Madrid and has been one of their chief protagonists as the Merengues won the La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup titles and made it to the UCL finals.

Even though his form has somewhat dipped in the latter stages of the season, the England international remains integral to Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and one of Los Blancos’ most important players.

And Spain manager Luis de la Fuente expressed his admiration for Bellingham, saying:

“He is a player who is doing particularly well. It’s a subjective view, but I like Bellingham’s style a lot, I like that type of player, powerful….”

When asked if Bellingham is the No. 1 player in the world at the moment, De la Fuente replied in the affirmative, as he said: “I think so.”

Bellingham has played 40 times in all competitions for Real Madrid this season, racking up a total of 23 goals and 12 assists in the process.

The 20-year-old’s exploits with Los Blancos in his debut campaign have put him in contention for the Ballon d’Or this year.

A strong performance in the finals of the UEFA Champions League next month and a solid run with England at the UEFA Euro 2024 could further his chances of winning the Golden Ball, although his teammate Vinicius Jr. is also an equally strong contender.

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