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Real Madrid midfielder ‘moving away’ from club, attracting interest from La Liga, Serie A



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Real Madrid are working tirelessly towards the renewals of players whose contracts run out in June whilst simultaneously navigating through their pursuit of Jude Bellingham. So far, only the renewals of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos have been ascertained but there is optimism on other fronts.

Marco Asensio’s continuity now appears closer than ever before while the general feeling around Nacho Fernandez’s cade is also positive.

MARCA report that the only player who appears to be moving away from Real Madrid is Dani Ceballos.

The Spanish midfielder has seen a surge in stocks in the second half of the ongoing season. Ceballos features as one of Ancelotti’s first-choice backups in the middle of the park and is seen as a solid option to relieve Luka Modric of his duties during rotations.

However, both economic and sporting reasons form the hurdles to his renewal.

Los Blancos sent Ceballos his first renewal offer three weeks ago and the proposal did not go down well with his entourage. The player’s environment expected more and appears to have opened the doors to an exit in June.

Ceballos is said to have already been in conversation with Real Betis over a possible move. Further, he has an important offer on the table from Italy while Atletico Madrid are also interested in his situation.

The midfielder’s renewal thus appears more complicated than it has in the recent past. Ceballos is slowly distancing from the club and the chances of him continuing at the club are now appearing to be slim.

The 26-year-old has made 26 appearances for Real Madrid this season, providing three assists in the process. Further, he averages one key pass and over five defensive actions per game.

He is expected to start on the bench against Manchester City in tomorrow’s UEFA Champions League semi-final second-leg clash at the Etihad. However, an appearance off the bench could be on the cards.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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