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.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.