According to Pacojo on SER Deportivos, Real Madrid are ready to move for Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham next summer, with president Florentino Perez prepared to offer €90 million for the midfielder.
Bellingham has emerged as one of the most sought-after midfielders in the game currently. The 19-year-old has made huge strides since making the jump to Dortmund from Birmingham City in 2020.
A permanent fixture in the centre of the park for the Black and Yellows, he has also captained the team on a few occasions despite his young age. Naturally, a host of big clubs from England have taken an interest.
But, Real Madrid are believed to be the best-placed team in the race to sign Bellingham. The Merengues have been working on a deal for the Englishman for a while now, having made him their priority target.
While he is not exactly a like-for-like replacement for Luka Modric, the teenager is being targeted to fill in the shoes that will be vacated by the Croatian legend in a year or two, given that he is already 37 years old.
Bellingham, for his part, is believed to have made it a priority to join Real Madrid as well, handing the Merengues a massive boost.
The 19-year-old is contracted with Dortmund until the summer of 2025, who will make it difficult for Real Madrid to sign him.
While widespread reports have indicated that it will take a sum of over €100 million to sign Bellingham, it seems like Real Madrid want to start the bidding at €90 million.
It is extremely unlikely that Dortmund would accept that figure, knowing that clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and City can offer much more.
Real Madrid veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training
The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.
Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.
The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.
Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid
Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.
However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.
To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.
This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler
The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.
Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.
This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.
It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.
Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.