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Real Madrid preparing summer move for €100 million-plus midfielder

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A 19-year-old Jude Bellingham was the captain for Borussia Dortmund when they face Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League this midweek. The youngster orchestrated the game with a goal and an assist as Dortmund bagged a 4-1 victory.

The performance was a testament to Bellingham’s leadership quality, along with the charm and technical prowess he offers to the table. His performances have not gone unnoticed either, with Real Madrid among the list of top clubs interested in his services.

In light of his performance against Sevilla, Telegraph has dropped an update on his future suggesting Real Madrid are prepared to launch an offensive, in an attempt to sign the midfielder in the summer of 2023.

The report states the reigning Spanish champions are hoping to make an appeal to Bellingham, giving him the “once in a lifetime opportunity” to join the club.

Real Madrid have already identified the young Englishman as the priority target in 2023. They are looking to make him their next “Young Galactico”. They further seek to reach an understanding with the player before his value goes up further in the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Los Blancos do have a packed midfield at the moment, especially after the summer arrival of Aurelien Tchouameni. However, with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos currently in the final phase of their respective careers, they are in desperate need of reinforcements.

Bellingham could be an ideal option, given his technical and leadership qualities that could go a long way in helping the club replace Modric.

However, luring Bellingham away from Dortmund will not be a walk in the park. Although Real Madrid only forecast a value of around €100 million, the midfielder’s value could be much higher. Not to mention, the European champs are set to face stiff competition, with Liverpool and Manchester City also tracking his situation at Signal Iduna Park.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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