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Real Madrid prepared to submit official bid to Dortmund to sign Jude Bellingham – Romano
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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Brazil not giving up on pursuit of Ancelotti: “Haven’t thrown in the towel yet”
Speaking to the media, Brazil Football Confederations (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodrigues has claimed that the Selecao have not given up on their pursuit of Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti, despite the Italian stating that he will not leave the club.
Brazil have been without a manager since the World Cup in Qatar last year, following which Tite stepped down. The CBF have made Ancelotti their top target and have been pursuing his signing for months but to no avail.
The 63-year-old Italian tactician has, on more than one occasion, made it clear that he will be at Real Madrid next season, with his contract expiring in 2024.
However, CBF president Rodrigues is adamant that Ancelotti’s statements are due to him being cautious as he is under contract at Real Madrid and that the Selecao are not prepared to give up on their quest to appoint him as of yet.
“We made a plan, that ‘Plan A’ is the one you know, Ancelotti, and as they say in the ‘ring’ (boxing), I haven’t thrown in the towel yet,” Rodrigues said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
“Because of contracts, people are cautious,” he added.
Ancelotti, for his part, has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to leave Real Madrid unless he is forced out of the club.
Despite missing out on the La Liga and the UEFA Champions League titles last season, the club continue to back the veteran Italian and are planning for next season with him in charge.
So, despite Rodrigues’ confidence and perseverance, it is extremely unlikely that Ancelotti will be leaving Real Madrid for Brazil this summer.