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Real Madrid, Man City’s interest the reason for Liverpool dropping out of Bellingham race

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Liverpool’s abrupt withdrawal from the race to sign Jude Bellingham earlier today came as a jolt to the world of football. After all Jurgen Klopp’s side has been on the trail for the midfielder for months at end, and had even submitted their first formal offer hours before the news broke.

Florian Plettenberg puts the Reds’ decision into perspective. According to the German journalist, Real Madrid and Manchester City have significantly driven up Bellingham’s price to an exorbitant limit. The administration at Anfield views the total package to be over-inflated for his age and relative inexperience, thus forcing them out of the race.

The news is a surprising development given that Los Blancos has reportedly set an upper limit they were willing to spend on the English protege.

Earlier this month, it even came to light that the Spanish champions had cooled their interest in the star owing to a mismatch in financial expectations.

Yet, Real Madrid and Manchester City are two of the richest institutions in football and, naturally, the involvement of both parties has increased Dortmund’s asking price. Whether either club is willing to reach that figure is a question for another day.

The price set for the English midfielder is now understood to be around €120 million, a number that far supersedes Liverpool’s offer of €90 million.

With only two clubs realistically left in the race, the spotlights now turn to Florentino Perez and his assessment of the situation and asking price.

Investing the mammoth fee on Bellingham would certainly secure Los Blancos’ future in the middle of the park. However, it would put them in a tough spot for other positions of concern including the left-back and centre-forward which need urgent signings come June.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash

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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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