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Real Madrid ‘pessimistic’ about signing 19-year-old Bundesliga midfielder



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Real Madrid are no strangers when it comes to long-drawn transfer sagas. Given that the club are perpetually in the race for the world’s best players, it is but natural for them to be used to both favourable and unfavourable outcomes.

In the recent past, the stories of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland represent cases where Los Blancos did not get their man. Yet, there are episodes like that of Aurelien Tchouameni that show the men in white acquire their target.

According to reports from Mario Cortegana via the 4 Amigos Podcast, the Jude Bellingham deal is set to go down the same route as Mbappe. The club are pessimistic about their chances of signing the English midfielder.

Liverpool are the only other top European club said to be in the race, but are far ahead of Real Madrid in terms of negotiations. This is primarily because of two reasons. For starters, the player’s family prefers a move to England over one to Spain. Further, Jurgen Klopp is pushing for the Merseyside club to break the bank for Bellingham, even if it means shelling out €150 million.

At Real Madrid, however, the mentality is different. The management does not want to risk the financial stability of the institution over a position that is already well secured, thus prefer to step out of the race.

The teenager has started all four of England’s games in the Qatar World Cup so far, scoring one goal and providing one assist. His average of 1.2 key passes and 11 defensive actions per game goes on to show his immense work rate and exactly why Europe’s top clubs have him on their radar.

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€40 million midfielder prefers a move to Real Madrid over Premier League clubs – report



The race for Jude Bellingham has become tightly contested in recent weeks. Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Real Madrid all pursue the Borussia Dortmund star closely and hope to win his signing come June.

Given the heavy competition, it is natural that the clubs have alternative names on their tables. One such name on the radars of the aforementioned clubs is Celta Vigo’s Gabri Veiga.

The La Liga midfielder has offers from the Premier League for the summer. However, SER reports that the player has asked Real Madrid if they will match the offer from England and has displayed his interest in joining the club.

Veiga’s release clause with Celta Vigo is valued at €40 million. If the Merengues can match such a valuation, either through direct means or player exchanges, the young phenom will don white next season.

Real Madrid have followed Veiga’s profile for a while now and have made their interest in his signing known to his environment. Yet, the Spanish outlet also adds that Veiga’s potential arrival in June would not close the doors for Jude Bellingham’s signing.

Rafa Marin of Real Madrid Castilla is a player who interests Celta Vigo, and unsurprisingly is one of the names on Los Blancos’ table to utilise in a swap deal for Veiga. Yet, it is safe to say that talks of a player exchange are in a rudimentary stage.

The 20-year-old Spanish phenom has lit up La Liga this season. In 25 appearances for Celta Vigo this season, he has scored nine goals and provided three assists. He averages close to one key pass per game and has created five big chances in his league campaign.

With Los Blancos unwilling to let go of Bellingham’s pursuit irrespective of Veiga’s signing, the question will boil down to the financial leeway the Merengues have and whether they can afford to shell out €40 million in addition to the Englishman’s fee.

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