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Real Madrid priority target in talks with Liverpool, race ‘open’ right now

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Real Madrid are among the clubs in contention to sign Jude Bellingham next summer. With the club expecting a massive overhaul in the first-team, the Borussia Dortmund starlet has emerged as one of the club’s priority targets.

Majority of the Spanish media had backed Real Madrid as the favourite to sign Bellingham, who himself is reportedly keen on the prospect of moving to Santiago Bernabeu.

However, according to Jan Aage Fjortoft, Bellingham has not made a decision on his future just yet. In fact, Fjortoft refutes reports from the Spanish media by claiming that the midfielder is even open to a return to England.

This is because the Englishman has informed the Real Madrid board that he is in talks with Liverpool as well. It appears the youngster’s entourage is keeping its options open, knowing there would be no shortage of suitors for the player next summer.

Liverpool are indeed one of the clubs to have shown concrete interest in Bellingham. Their head coach Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer of the Dortmund starlet and with the likes of Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho entering the final phase of their respective careers, the youngster has emerged as an appealing target for the Reds.

Real Madrid, though, are expected to put up a strong fight for Bellingham. The Whites are bracing themselves for life without Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, both of who are not expected to continue for very long.

The club have already invested heavily in the midfield department in recent years, roping in youngsters such as Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. Bellingham could be the next big investment and perhaps the most significant one, as Real Madrid look to undergo a rapid transition in the coming years.

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Premier League club close the doors on defender’s exit amid Real Madrid interest

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Back in March, news surfaced that Real Madrid and Manchester United were both interested in signing Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite

The competition for his signature was fierce, but United eventually shifted their attention to another target, Leny Yoro, leaving Real Madrid without a new defender. 

Despite their interest, Everton’s high valuation of Branthwaite at €80 million made both clubs reconsider their pursuit.

According to a report from The Athletic, Everton’s stance on Branthwaite has now solidified. They are not entertaining any offers for the defender. 

Real Madrid, in reality, never made an official bid. They were merely observing from a distance as Everton turned down two substantial offers from Manchester United. 

The highest of these offers was close to €60 million, including both fixed and variable components, yet it still fell short of Everton’s expectations.

Everton want nothing less than €80 million

Everton’s valuation of Branthwaite is influenced by recent high-profile transfers of defenders like Harry Maguire, Wesley Fofana, and Josko Gvardiol. 

Jarrad Branthwaite will not leave Everton this summer. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

These deals have set a precedent, making Everton firm in their demand of £65-70 million, equivalent to over €82 million, for Branthwaite. Despite his high valuation, Everton is adamant about retaining him, considering him a crucial part of their future plans.

Complicating matters, Everton are facing significant financial difficulties. The club has been in a precarious financial position, confirmed by recent reports. 

The Friedkin Group, owners of Roma and potential new buyers for Everton, have halted negotiations with the club’s current owner, Farhad Moshiri. 

They have accumulated over €600 million in debt, and the uncertainty surrounding its management has only worsened the situation.

In light of these financial troubles, selling Branthwaite for a substantial amount could have provided a much-needed financial boost for Everton. However, the club is reluctant to part with one of their most promising young talents. 

They view Branthwaite as a vital component of their long-term strategy and are unwilling to sell him at a discount, even in their current economic state.

At Goodison Park, the decision to keep Branthwaite despite lucrative offers is a clear statement of their commitment to building a strong future. The young defender is seen as a key asset, and Everton’s refusal to sell him underscores their belief in his potential. 

The club’s financial struggles continue to pose challenges, but they are determined to navigate these difficulties without compromising their long-term vision.

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