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Real Madrid remain among frontrunners in Bellingham race, player yet to decide next move

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According to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid continue to be among the front-runners to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

The Italian journalist adds that no decision has been taken regarding the midfielder’s future by either his entourage or the player himself. However, it is his father Mark who takes care of the negotiations.

Though Los Blancos are amongst the main contenders, they are not alone. Manchester City and Liverpool too find themselves equally well placed in the mix and stand as the main barriers between Real Madrid and their dream target.

The Merengues do not wish to spend big in the transfer windows to come and hope for a shift in paradigm towards home-grown and early-scouted players. However, Bellingham forms the one exception to the club’s stance given the situation in midfield.

The youngster is Real Madrid’s main target as a replacement for the ageing Luka Modric. Though the Croatian international may sign an extension, the next season looks likely to be the one where he is slowly phased out.

The 19-year-old Bellingham appears to have the maturity required to lead the team’s midfield for years to come. In 21 Bundesliga starts for the Germans this season, he has already scored four goals and provided four assists in the process.

His performance in the recently concluded World Cup caught eyes across the globe and reignited Real Madrid’s interest in him. The teenager scored one goal and provided one assist on England’s route to the Quarterfinals and averaged 1.2 key passes per game.

Negotiations between Real Madrid and the midfielder’s entourage will heat up in the coming months. However, the viability of the deal will depend on Dortmund’s asking price and the Spanish side’s ability and desire to match the valuation.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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