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Real Madrid prepared to submit official bid to Dortmund to sign Jude Bellingham – Romano

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Matters are escalating with pace in the transfer operation of Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid. The English prodigy has been on the European champions’ radar for a long time now, and his signing could become a reality in the coming weeks.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Los Blancos are prepared to submit their first official bid to Borussia Dortmund in an effort to complete the transaction. They have had a complete personal agreement with the player for two weeks now and only the formal agreement between the clubs remains to be reached.

Last week, reports brought to the fore the potential offer that the Merengues could submit to the German outfit. They now appear prepared to launch the same offer after making tweaks and calculating the economics involved.

The proposal is expected to include a fixed fee of €100 million with a potential €20-€30 million included as add-ons. It is not far from Dortmund’s ask of €150 million and will thus serve as a stable starting point for the impending negotiations.

One would not expect the German setup to accept the very first offer that arrives at their doorstep. After all, Bellingham is their biggest star and they are expected to fight tooth and nail for every extra pound they can bring in for him.

The youngster is expected to be a regular starter in Real Madrid’s midfield next season and will arrive as a much-needed fresh pair of quality legs for Carlo Ancelotti. After all, last night’s debacle at the Etihad showed exactly why the club needed to prioritize the change of guard in midfield.

In 31 appearances for Dortmund this season, Bellingham has scored eight goals and provided four assists in the Bundesliga. Further, he averages 1.1 key passes per game and has created eight big chances.

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Real Madrid veteran set for a 40% salary reduction as part of new contract

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Following Toni Kroos’ departure and speculation over Nacho Fernandez’s imminent move to Saudi Arabia, the potential contract extension of Luka Modric should serve as a breather of fresh air for Real Madrid fans.

The Croatian international is set to continue for another season at Santiago Bernabeu. His experience and leadership will play a key role in an otherwise young Real Madrid midfield unit.

Numbers behind Modric’s new contract

As Modric gears up for a new contract at Real Madrid, a recent report from Mundo Deportivo has offered details of his new deal at the Bernabeu.

It appears the Croatian international is ready to settle for a pay cut in order to continue at Real Madrid.

During the 2023/24 campaign, Modric’s net salary was around €10 million. However, there will be a substantial 40% reduction in his salary in the new deal.

Modric to take a pay cut at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP via Getty Images)

That means Modric is set to earn around €6 million net salary for the 2024/25 campaign. The terms of the new deal have been approved by the player’s entourage as well.

Set for greatness in 24/25

At the age of 38, Modric has already broken several records, including becoming the oldest player to represent Real Madrid.

But the former Tottenham midfielder could achieve much more in the coming season. If he retires by the end of next season, he will become the oldest player to retire at Real Madrid, at the age of 39. Not to mention, the midfielder will turn 40 in September 2025.

In addition, Modric currently holds six Champions League titles – equalling the tally of the legendary Paco Gento.

If the Croatian ends up winning the UCL title once again, he will create history by becoming the player with the most Champions League titles in the history of football.

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