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Real Madrid prepared to enter the bidding war for midfield target after the World Cup

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A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on the future of Jude Bellingham. The Borussia Dortmund youngster has become one of the most sought-after players in the market, with multiple European giants keen on securing his services.

Bellingham’s current contract at Dortmund does not expire until 2025, but clubs are determined to lure him away from the Bundesliga either in the January transfer window or at the end of the season.

The report from MARCA suggests that there might be a more definitive update on Bellingham’s future after the end of the upcoming FIFA World Cup.

The player is expected to announce his decision after the competition ends. He is aware of the interest around him, with the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, and Manchester City.

MARCA claim that the bidding war for Bellingham may even start from the January transfer window, and it appears Real Madrid are more than prepared. They have identified the Englishman as the ideal man to replace Luka Modric, with the club readying a big-money move for the player.

Bellingham is currently valued at around €100 million by Dortmund, but the figure could easily increase if the midfielder continues his form in the upcoming World Cup.

Some even believe that the former Birmingham City starlet could even be worth as much as €150 million, which could make life difficult for not only Real Madrid but also other clubs involved in the chase.

However, Bellingham is surely leaving Dortmund one way or another, with the club chief recently confirming that they are going to hold talks with the player over his future shortly after the World Cup.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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