If the past few days are anything to go by, Real Madrid are edging closer to their dream midfield transfer target with every passing minute. Jude Bellingham’s transfer saga may be the longest storyline of the upcoming transfer window, but its end could be sweet for Los Blancos and their faithful.
Carlos Carpio of MARCA brings the latest news about the England International’s much-awaited transfer.
Real Madrid are now said to be willing to shell out more than €120 million for the midfielder’s arrival.
The club’s scouting head Juni Calafat is a big fan of the player and on his insistence, Los Blancos would now be willing to pay the €100 million plus €40 million in add-ons that Dortmund are reportedly demanding for Bellingham.
Another key factor pushing the youngster towards Santiago Bernabeu is the chance to play alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Bellingham is a staunch admirer of the midfield legends, Modric in particular, and sees the chance to share the dressing room with them as an irresistible offer.
Further, the Madrid-based club have presented the teenager with a project that shows the development of their four young stars.
Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Rodrygo Goes, and Vinicius Jr are already established starters under Carlo Ancelotti and are amongst the best in the world in their respective positions.
Needless to say, the club’s good track record in developing talents will go a long way in influencing Bellingham’s decision.
The 19-year-old has started 15 games for Dortmund this season, scoring three goals and providing two assists in the process. His staggering influence on the English national team in the recently conducted FIFA World Cup showcased his maturity on the biggest stage.
While there has been interest from Liverpool and Manchester City, all signs seem to be pointing towards Bellingham moving to Real Madrid in the summer.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.