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Real Madrid keeping track of 25-year-old former defender who wants to leave PSG, Man City also in race

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Real Madrid have planned out their 2024 summer transfer window very carefully, with very specific positions being targeted, and multiple options laid out for each of them.

Their priority is, of course, getting the Kylian Mbappe signing over the line. The Frenchman reportedly has informed PSG about his desire to leave, and will look to complete his dream of playing for Madrid.

Alphonso Davies is another player Madrid want to sign this summer. He will be on the last year of his contract starting this June, and could be persuaded to change sceneries, especially if Bayern Munich’s asking price is met.

Florentino Perez will likely also be in for a centre-back, but the club have decided to postpone their search for a right-back till next summer, as per previous reported.

Several names are on the table, including a certain Achraf Hakimi, as per Sports Zone.

Hakimi wants to leave PSG

The report claims that Hakimi wants to leave PSG as early as he can, and is not looking to extend his contract with the French giants right now.

PSG, on the other hand, want the Moroccan to continue at the club, and will be offering him an extension on his current deal, that expires in the summer of 2026.

Mbappe was regarded as Hakimi’s closest friend at PSG, which could have something to do with these exit rumours. Further, should Madrid come calling for him, it seems unlikely that he will reject them.

Manchester City also interested

Madrid are not the only team keeping tabs on Hakimi, though. Manchester City are also in the market for a new right-back to take over Kyle Walker, and the 25-year-old PSG defender is one of the names being considered.

PSG paid €60 million for Hakimi in the summer of 2021, and will likely demand a price in that range incase they are forced to sell him this summer or next.

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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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