Earlier this week, Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kehl confirmed that the club have not received any offers for Jude Bellingham, despite speculations linking the young midfielder to a move to Real Madrid.
There have been suggestions that Real Madrid are poised to make an offer for Bellingham in the near future. They already have the approval of the youngster, who is prepared to reject clubs such as PSG and Manchester City.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid are in the process of preparing their official bid for Bellingham. A proposal will be sent to Dortmund, which will include an upfront fee along with performance-related add-ons.
The negotiations will not be easy for Real Madrid, even though the club president Florentino Perez shares an excellent relationship with Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke.
This is because the German outfit are seeking to maximize the profit from the potential sale of Bellingham. Their sporting director Kehl has recently indicated that the club will be able to earn a ‘lot of money’ from the Englishman’s sale.
Reports across Europe have suggested a figure well beyond the €100 million mark, which could make life difficult for Real Madrid, especially if we take into account the player’s hefty salary and bonuses for his father, Mark.
All things considered, the negotiations are going to be tricky but there is optimism that the deal will be concluded as the player has already given his green light.
In the meantime, the club will look to consolidate their progress in the pursuit of other targets across Europe, including Gabri Veiga. The reigning European champions are also likely to target a new striker that can serve as an alternative for Karim Benzema, along with a new right-back that can replace Dani Carvajal in the long run.
Real Madrid’s 29-year-old star upset with his situation, desires more clarity on role
At Real Madrid, the quest for securing a spot in the first-team lineup involves battling it out with some of the best players in European football.
Competition is generally considered the perfect antidote to complacency and the Merengues‘ immensely talented roster encapsulates that sentiment best.
While injuries have done a number on the team, there is still an abundance of competition in the squad. As of now, the fight for a spot in the starting lineup is most intense among the goalkeepers.
Indeed, since the beginning of the campaign, there has been no fixed goalkeeper with both Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga featuring between the sticks alternately.
However, after being acquired on a season-long loan to fill in the absence of Thibaut Courtois, Kepa is not entirely content with his situation.
Kepa unsatisfied with the unclarity
Indeed, as per The Athletic, Kepa is extremely disappointed with his situation and how the coaching staff at Real Madrid have been handling the matter.
Ancelotti has not clearly explained his reasoning as to which of Lunin and Kepa is currently his first-choice keeper.
And according to sources close to him, Kepa is unhappy and would have preferred further clarification on the matter from the manager.
Lunin in the driving seat
Owing to Lunin’s exceptional form lately, he has successfully displaced Kepa as the first-choice goalkeeper.
In fact, Kepa has not started a game since Real Madrid’s clash against Almeria last month in which they leaked two goals.
It is safe to assume Kepa’s frustrations stem from the fact that he initially arrived as the primary keeper to replace Courtois and turned down an offer from Bayern Munich to join the Madrid outfit.
As such, being shunned and having minimal clarity from the coaching staff’s preferred goalkeeper has led to dissatisfaction.
As things stand, Real Madrid have no plans of signing him permanently, given that Chelsea would ask around €20 million for him, something that the club have intentions of paying.