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Real Madrid open official talks with Dortmund for Bellingham, could close deal quickly



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In a major update, German news outlet BILD is reporting that Real Madrid have opened official talks with Borussia Dortmund for the signing of Jude Bellingham. The report states that the operation could now be completed very quickly for a fee of little over €100 million plus add-ons.

It was recently reported that Real Madrid CEO Jose Angel Sanchez was set to travel to Dortmund to initiate discussions with the Bundesliga outfit over the signing of the 19-year-old midfield wonderkid.

BILD states that official talks have opened between the two teams and Sanchez plans on making the trip sometime this week to finalise the operation at the earliest possible.

In fact, it is further claimed that a delegation from the Spanish capital outfit will be in Dortmund tonight itself when the team will be in action against Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg.

It is reported that Real Madrid wish to finalise and announce the signing of Bellingham quickly if they were to get eliminated from the Champions League tonight as a way of dealing with the setback.

As such, an agreement over personal terms with Bellingham is already in place and the only thing pending is the two clubs agreeing a transfer fee.

The report suggests that the deal could be finalised for a fixed fee of just a little over €100 million, plus add-ons and bonuses.

Things could move quickly in the Merengues’ pursuit of Bellingham as they look to close the signing of the England international and make him their next marquee signing.

Reports suggest that Real Madrid are also scheming to add Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies to their ranks this summer itself, although it looks unlikely that they would be able to splash the cash on the PSG and Bayern Munich stars after the enormous layout to sign Bellingham.

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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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