The future of Jude Bellingham is set to dominate the headlines for the coming months as top clubs from across Europe go to war for his signing in the summer of 2023.
The 19-year-old is one of the hottest commodities in the transfer market heading into 2023. Among the clubs interested, Real Madrid and Liverpool have shown the greatest intent to land the midfield prodigy.
Los Blancos are reported to have been working on a deal for over a year now, having held initial talks with Bellingham’s camp as well as Borussia Dortmund. And it has been suggested that the teenager wants to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, according to a latest report from Cadena SER (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Bellingham would prefer to join Liverpool over Real Madrid, as he is keen on returning to England.
The midfielder left his homeland as a 17-year-old only, when he joined Dortmund from Birmingham City. At the time, he was courting interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United, but decided to move to Germany.
But, it is now being claimed that the teenage prodigy wishes to return to England and compete in the Premier League, which is widely regarded as the best league competition in Europe.
If true, it will come as a major blow for Real Madrid, who have been putting in a lot of effort to try and secure the signing of Bellingham so far.
With Toni Kroos yet to renew, there have been talks of a possible retirement for the German superstar. Luka Modric is also in the final year of his contract at the club. Even though he will likely be handed an extension, the Croatian will be 38 years old next season.
So, adding Bellingham, to the already existing youthful midfield contingent of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni is seen as a top priority by Real Madrid.
But, with the 19-year-old seemingly preferring a move to Liverpool, the Spanish champions will have their task cut out to convince him to join them.
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.