Real Madrid lost four forwards in the last month, with Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard all confirming their moves out of the Santiago Bernabeu as free agents.
Despite losing four attackers, Madrid have not particularly made a lot of moves in the transfer market yet. Fran Garcia and Brahim Diaz have returned to the club, with the latter capable of playing as a winger even though he is an attacking midfielder by trade.
There are several attackers linked to the club, with Espanyol’s Joselu the only one close to joining the club. The Spaniard will join on loan, and president Florentino Perez has confirmed his signing to a fan.
“Presi, is Joselu’s signing closed?— Madrid Xtra (@MadridXtra) June 18, 2023
Florentino: “Yes, he will arrive next week.”
“Will there be more signings?”
Florentino: “No.” pic.twitter.com/dk8k6gj8Ho
He was also asked whether Madrid would sign another player this summer, but Perez turned down those ideas with a rather simple, “no.”
Madrid have been rumoured with a move for Kai Havertz, Harry Kane, and even Kylian Mbappe this summer, but all beyond reach as of now.
Havertz’s price has been set at €60 million plus bonuses, which Madrid have no intention of paying, even though they rate the German quite highly. Chelsea are not ready to budge, and it seems he will end up at Arsenal soon enough.
Kane, too, will prove to be quite expensive. Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is expecting a figure upward of €100 million, and would be happy to sell to Madrid over Premier League clubs.
Finally, as far as Mbappe is concerned, it seems the Frenchman does not want to extend his contract with PSG beyond 2024, but is also not ready to leave the club this summer. Madrid are ready to sign him, but it remains to be seen if the three parties can see eye to eye.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”