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Real Madrid, Manchester United will have to shell out €60 million to sign Serie A centre-back



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The injuries to David Alaba and Eder Militao have exposed the lack of depth in the centre-back department at Real Madrid.

Carlo Ancelotti is currently left with only Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez as his frontline central defenders, with Aurelien Tchouameni having had to fill up in the position when needed.

As such, rumours about a possible move for a new defender in January started doing the rounds, but Ancelotti was quick to shut those down.

Even then, Real Madrid continue to be linked with talented, young centre-halves who can make a difference right now and in the long run.

Real Madrid interested in Scalvini

One such player happens to be Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini. The young 20-year-old centre-back has already become a mainstay for the Serie A outfit and has even tasted international football with Italy.

Regarded very highly, Scalvini has attracted the attention of a plethora of top clubs across Europe, including Real Madrid.

As was reported not long ago, the Italian was one among the four centre-backs Los Blancos were looking at heading into the winter. And even though the club might not sign anyone right away, but it does not mean their interest in Scalvini has waned.

Scalvini to cost €60 million

However, as per reports in Italy, as relayed by AS, having gotten wind of the interest that Scalvini is generating, Atalanta have slapped a €60 million starting price on him.

The 20-year-old’s contract with the Serie A side continues until 2028, giving them an upper hand in any potential negotiations with his suitors.

The report also states that apart from Real Madrid, Premier League heavyweights Manchester United have also taken an interest in the young Italian.

Having already raided Atalanta for Rasmus Hojlund in the summer, it appears that the Red Devils are also keen on Scalvini.

What now remains to be seen is if any of these clubs decide to follow up on their interest and make a formal approach for the young defender either this month or in the summer.

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‘Will have to put my feelings aside’ – Bellingham on facing Borussia Dortmund in UCL final



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It has been a special debut season for Jude Bellingham at Real Madrid.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in a deal worth €103 million, plus add-ons, last summer, the 20-year-old sensation has become an instant hit at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Despite his form declining a bit in the second half of the season, Bellingham has racked up returns of 23 goals and 12 assists from 41 games in all competitions.

A special game for Bellingham

Having won La Liga and the Spanish Super Cup, Bellingham now has the chance to end the season in the most epic ways possible by lifting the UEFA Champions League, against his former club, in his homeland.

As such, Saturday’s UCL final at Wembley, against Dortmund, is set to be a special one for the young phenom, and he acknowledged as much during an interview today.

“It’s a very special game for me but I’ll have to put feelings aside. It’s been a great season, they’ve made me feel very welcome and I’ve enjoyed playing football with them,” said Bellingham, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Bellingham faces his former club in the UCL final. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

When asked if he had been in touch with any of his former Dortmund teammates ahead of Saturday’s showpiece event, Bellingham replied:

“I’ve spoken to Sancho, we said we’d meet there. He took me under his wing when I came to Dortmund and that meant a lot to me.”

On how Real Madrid can win the game

Earlier today, Carlo Ancelotti was asked if he had sought any information from Bellingham to prepare a strategy to beat Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder himself was asked by the media as to how Real Madrid can get past his former club at Wembley this weekend, to which he replied:

“To win we will have to play at our maximum level, if we are at that level it is very difficult for our opponents. The staff are sure to do a great job analysing Dortmund, I trust them 100 per cent.”

Stressing how it is a dream for him to win the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, Bellingham remarked:

“Winning the Champions League is the reason I’m here, I always dreamed of playing for this team, and this team is linked to the Champions League. I want to be a small part of their history.”

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