According to journalist Ramon Alvarez de Mon, Jude Bellingham’s decision to join Real Madrid was pretty much confirmed at all times, meaning that despite having the financial muscle, Manchester City were never really in the race.
In Bellingham’s mind, the midfielder does not want to miss out on the opportunity to represent the record European champions. Dortmund, for their part, did make a last-ditch attempt to make him stay, but as it seems, the 19-year-old has decided to join Madrid after all.
In Bellingham’s transfer, while his father, Mark Bellingham, played his due part, Ramon Alvarez claims that Madrid’s chief architect, Juni Calafat was the protagonist of the story.
Calafat, Madrid’s low-profile and influential chief scout, has been key to several deals in the past, including that of Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Eder Militao and also Endrick. Over the course of his Real Madrid tenure, the 50-year-old has closed deals with several top young talents and Bellingham is the latest success in his resume.
He might lack the glaring presence of someone like Monchi or Mateu Alemany, but Calafat has his own ways of dealing with transfers. First, he builds up a relationship with the players and their families and once that is done, he makes personal visits to meet with the talents.
Meanwhile, Bellingham’s signing with Real Madrid is close to completion as it is said that the midfielder already accepted all the details of his new contract ten days ago.
At present, Madrid are said to be respectful about Dortmund’s title charge this season, but even the team from Germany knows that the Los Blancos will want to wrap up the deal this month.
There will be a meeting between the two parties this month regarding the details of the transfer. While they have already established contacts regarding the same, the official date is yet to be discussed.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.