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Real Madrid leading race for €150 million midfielder after February meeting with entourage

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Jude Bellingham continues to be one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market ahead of the summer window. Clubs like Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all gunning for the Borussia Dortmund man’s signing.

The 19-year-old has firmly established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the game thanks to his performances for Dortmund and the England national team.

Real Madrid, who are set to undergo a transition from their old guard to the new faces in midfield, have made Bellingham their priority target ahead of the summer.

However, interest from Manchester City and Liverpool threatened to derail their pursuit of the England international, with reports suggesting that the teenager preferred a return to his homeland rather than a move to Spain.

But, according to the latest report from BILD, Real Madrid are now leading the race to sign Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.

It is claimed that Los Blancos met with the midfielder’s father, Mark, in February, which has seemingly put them in good stead in the race.

The catch, however, is that the German giants will continue to demand a massive transfer fee of €150 million for their prized asset.

It has been previously reported that Los Blancos remain firm on their stance of not wanting to meet that steep valuation for the 19-year-old despite their strong interest in acquiring his services.

Dortmund, for their part, have also been planning to offer Bellingham a new contract with bumper wages that would make him the highest earner at the club, in order to convince him to stay for one more year at least.

However, an exit seems to be written on the cards for Bellingham. What remains to be determined is his next destination and Real Madrid are said to be well-placed to sign him at this point, but as the old adage goes, it is not over until it is over.

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The real hero: Real Madrid player saves a couple from drowning in Maldives

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Real Madrid loanee and Almeria player Sergio Arribas is being hailed as a hero after saving a couple from drowning in the Maldives.

Arribas was on vacation in the Maldives with his girlfriend when he noticed a couple struggling to stay afloat while snorkelling. Without hesitation, he jumped into the water to assist them, reports MARCA.

As per the report, the couple had drifted too far from the shore and were struggling to keep their heads above water. Arribas reached them and helped them back to the shore, where they were met by a group of people who had rushed to their aid.

Fans and coaches alike are lauding Arribas for his quick thinking and bravery in a situation that could have had tragic consequences.

Arribas is currently on loan at Almeria from Real Madrid. He made 34 league appearances for the club this past season, scoring nine goals while mustering five assists. He is expected to return to Real Madrid at the end of the season.

Arribas’ impressive performances on loan have raised many eyebrows inside the Real Madrid camp and it will be interesting to see whether or not the youngest becomes a part of the Real Madrid setup in the coming season.

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