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Real Madrid ready to spend well over €100 million to sign teenage midfield prodigy

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The speculation over Jude Bellingham’s potential move to Real Madrid has picked up pace in recent weeks, with the Spanish champions determined to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.

The club are indeed looking at a potential overhaul in the summer of 2023 amid fears over Toni Kroos’ continuity. Dani Ceballos is likely to depart on a free transfer as well, whereas Luka Modric may continue for only one more year.

This has accentuated the need for someone like Bellingham, who is currently regarded as one of the most gifted young players on the planet.

A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bellingham. It suggests that the club had some doubts over the pursuit of the Englishman, primarily because of the fact that English players have not done well on Spanish soil historically.

But the fact that Bellingham has acclimatized to the Bundesliga at such a young age has convinced the Real Madrid fraternity. Not to mention, the club also have an excellent relationship with Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke.

The club are aware of the fact that they may still have to fork out well over €100 million for the services of Bellingham. It appears Real Madrid are willing to do so as well, especially given the fact that the player himself is determined to move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Liverpool and Manchester City are the two other clubs credited with an interest in Bellingham. But it appears the midfielder is not too keen on playing in the Premier League and wants to be a part of the Real Madrid project. This should greatly help the Spanish champions, in their bid to get the deal for the 19-year-old across the line.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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