Real Madrid’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham has been well-documented in recent weeks. It is an open secret that the reigning European champions have made the English international their transfer priority for the summer of 2023.
Real Madrid are confident of extending the contract of Luka Modric, while Toni Kroos, too, is favouring an extension. But the club are determined to add more young blood in the midfield department. That is where Bellingham comes into the fray.
Spanish publication MARCA’s front cover today features a photo of Jude Bellingham, with the caption reading, “Bellingham on the way.”
The outlet suggests Real Madrid are now optimistic about sealing the services of the Borussia Dortmund starlet, who is regarded as one of the best young players in world football right now.
Although Bellingham’s contract at BVB does not expire until 2025, the Bundesliga giants have reportedly taken for granted that he is leaving the club at the end of the season. They have even set a valuation of around €140 million, of which €40 million will be in bonuses.
Real Madrid, for their part, have reportedly set aside €130 million for the acquisition of Bellingham, who is understood to be prepared to take the next step in his career after a successful spell at Dortmund.
Since joining the club in 2020, the former Birmingham City starlet has racked up 112 competitive matches for Dortmund, scoring 19 goals while mustering 21 assists. Aside from his productivity, he has shown exemplary technical abilities and leadership qualities.
Bellingham’s performances have not only been restricted to club football either. The youngster has racked up 22 caps for England at the age of just 19 and starred at the FIFA World Cup recently.
It is indicative of his quality as a footballer and his maturity as a professional, all of which make the Englishman an ideal target for Real Madrid.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.