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Real Madrid overtake Liverpool in race to sign €150 million prodigy – report

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Several teams have been interested in signing Jude Bellingham in the summer, with Liverpool, Manchester City, and Real Madrid seemingly leading the race. Chelsea and Manchester United, too, have been on the lookout.

City are usually not one for shelling out an exorbitant amount on one player, and therefore, were in third place in a three-horse race. Liverpool seemed to have been leading the race for a while, but there is a new twist in the saga, as reported by AS.

According to them, Liverpool have dropped out of the race to sign Bellingham, which means Madrid are the favourites to land his signature.

Instead, Pool are expected to focus on two other World Cup standouts in the form of Enzo Fernandez and Sofyan Amrabat. The former is priced at around €120 million, while the latter could go for nearly €40 million himself.

The report also mentions that the Borussia Dortmund midfielder prefers to play for Madrid over a return to England right now.

Dortmund have demanded around €150 million for the 19-year-old’s services, but it seems highly unlikely that Madrid will agree to shell out that amount. Previous reports have stated that Florentino Perez is willing to go as high as €120 million, but not a penny more.

Madrid are especially helped by the fact that their relationship with Dortmund is on excellent terms. Perez and the BVB’s CEO, Hand-Joaquim Watzke, have been friends since 2011, when Los Blancos signed Nuri Sahin.

They have crossed paths a fair few times in the transfer market since that, as well, including Sahin’s return to Dortmund. Or, the loans of Achraf Hakimi and Jesus Renier.

AS also claims that the Yellow and Blacks ‘made it easier’ for Madrid to sign Erling Haaland this summer, but the Spanish outfit eventually decided to pursue Kylian Mbappe, instead.

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Wife of Real Madrid star hints on potential continuity amidst exit rumours: “We love Spain very much”

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Anastasia Tamazova, the wife of Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, has shared insights about her life with the footballer. 

In this conversation, she opened up about their experiences living in Spain and her husband’s potential future moves.

Anastasia expressed her deep affection for Spain, mentioning how welcomed and comfortable both she and Lunin feel in the country. 

She emphasised their love for the place, but also made it clear that if Lunin needs to move to another country for his career, she will fully support him and follow him wherever he needs to go.

“We love Spain very much, the people here are very friendly and we feel very welcomed and comfortable,” said Tamazova as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

“But if my husband has to leave this country, then of course I will support him and we will go wherever necessary.”

What does the future hold for Lunin?

Andriy Lunin is tipped to leave Real Madrid in the summer. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of speculation about Lunin’s future at Real Madrid and recent reports have suggested that the keeper was disappointed when the team’s coach, Carlo Ancelotti, chose not to play him in the Champions League final, even though Lunin had anticipated this decision. 

With the return of Thibaut Courtois, Lunin’s chances of being the main goalkeeper have significantly decreased. 

This situation has led him to consider a possible move this summer, with interest from several big clubs like Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Juventus.

It is said that despite the uncertainty, the final decision rests with Lunin. Real Madrid have expressed their desire to keep him and have offered him a contract extension until 2029

Although Lunin seemed ready to sign the new contract, the events surrounding the Champions League final have caused him to reconsider his options. The choice of Courtois over him has planted seeds of doubt about his future with the club.

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