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Real Madrid, Newcastle will have to shell out €15-20 million for 20-year-old Brazilian striker

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Marcos Leonardo of Santos FC has emerged as the latest Brazilian gem being linked with a move to Real Madrid.

The 20-year-old centre-forward has been in good nick in the recent past for the Brazilian giants, netting 21 goals and setting up four more from 45 games in all competitions in 2023.

Real Madrid, given the shortage of genuine attacking options, especially following the injury to Vinicius Jr. and there are some murmurs about a move in January despite the club refuting those claims.

Marcos Leonardo would cost €15-20 million

Now, according to Goal Brasil, Santos FC would be open to selling Marcos Leonardo in the upcoming January transfer window of 2024.

Leonardo was linked with an exit last summer itself with AS Roma being willing to pay €18 million, including add-ons, but Santos stopped the move as they had already lost Angelo Gabriel and Deivid Washington.

The Brazilian giants had promised the player they would let him leave for Europe in the next transfer window and are prepared to do so come January.

Furthermore, the Brazilian club is seeking a sum of €15-20 million for the 20-year-old striker, which they have communicated to his agents, who have subsequently informed Real Madrid about the same.

On his way to Europe in January. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Newcastle United also keen

Real Madrid are not the only club interested in Marcos Leonardo, though, as Premier League side Newcastle United are also keen on signing the 20-year-old striker.

Furthermore, AS Roma still retain an interest in the Brazilian attacking prodigy, which would complicate matters for the Merengues.

Both Real Madrid and Newcastle United have been informed of Santos’ demands for Leonardo by his agents, and the ball is now in their court to see whether they make a move or not.

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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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