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Real Madrid ready to do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign €150 million midfielder

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According to Daily Mail’s latest report, Real Madrid are ready to do whatever it takes to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer so much so that they now see themselves ‘in the running’.

There are reports in the media that claim that Real have intensified talks with the midfielder and his representatives to an extent that all key figures of the transfer have been coordinated internally.

Bellingham, 19, is rightly expected to leave Germany at the end of the season despite the fact that Dortmund want him to continue for at least another year. 

For now, any move to acquire the England midfielder is set to cost €150 million and as reported before, Manchester City’s professional relationship with the German team currently puts them ahead in the race.

As far as Real Madrid are concerned, Daily Telegraph says they are willing to pay €115 million for the midfielder as a guaranteed fee and are even prepared to go as high as €150 million, although with potential add-ons. 

As it turns out, the conditions of these add-ons are going to be quite challenging, possibly having to win the UEFA Champions League and even the Ballon d’Or.

It is believed that Bellingham wants to join a team with a good sporting project and in the end, his decision will mean a lot. For what it is worth, the youngster’s resolution to join Real Madrid will depend a lot on the futures of Toni Kross and Luka Modric. 

If the duo continues, the odds will decrease, but even if one of them leaves, Madrid will have the advantage. In all fairness, one can expect Madrid to go all out for the midfielder in the summer as they do not really have a strong alternative or a midfield strategy in place, at least until today.

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Ancelotti’s dilemma: How will he handle a fully fit defense next season?

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Real Madrid’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, is set to face a challenging situation in restructuring his defence for the upcoming season and that is largely down to key players like David Alaba and Eder Militao are returning to full fitness. 

Interestingly, this situation might put Antonio Rudiger’s spot in the starting lineup under significant pressure.

Back when Rudiger joined Real Madrid he was supposed to strengthen a defence already featuring Alaba and Militao. Despite their young age, these two had firmly established themselves in the team. 

Over the past two years, however, Ancelotti has consistently relied on the duo, with Rudiger and Nacho serving as their main substitutes. 

A big decision awaits Ancelotti

As the new season approaches, Ancelotti faces a dilemma similar to the one he had with goalkeepers Andriy Lunin and Thibaut Courtois. A similar situation is likely to unfold with Rudiger and Militao vying for the right centre-back position.

It must be remembered that Militao suffered an untimely injury last season, prompting Ancelotti to choose Rudiger over Nacho, who, although right-footed, is also adept on the left side. 

Carlo Ancelotti needs to assess his defensive duo for next season. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

As the season progressed, Rudiger proved his worth, becoming a mainstay in the defense. His physical strength, bravery, and aerial prowess made him a reliable choice. 

His ability to play out from the back earned him the respect and confidence of his teammates, overshadowing Militao’s absence.

Rudiger’s importance has grown

Rudiger’s importance grew further when Alaba got injured in December. He became the cornerstone of the defence, often partnering with Nacho or Aurelien Tchouameni. Even when Rudiger played on the left side, the defensive structure remained solid.

When Militao returned in the last month and a half of the season, he struggled to regain his previous form. The long recovery period left emotional scars, and he was not the same player he had been before the injury. 

Consequently, Ancelotti opted to keep Rudiger in the lineup for crucial matches towards the end of the season.

With the new season on the horizon, Rudiger’s strong performances will present a significant challenge for Ancelotti. 

As Alaba also returns from injury, Ancelotti will have to decide who among Rudiger, Militao, and Alaba will be benched. 

Rudiger has proven his capability, often outperforming the Brazilian, whose post-injury form is still uncertain. 

Adding to the competition, Real Madrid might sign Leni Yoro and even Rafa Marin could return from his loan spell which could further complicate Ancelotti’s decisions.

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