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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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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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