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Real Madrid see Liverpool target as the missing piece to complete midfield transition

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Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham is all the rage in the transfer market currently, with a host of top clubs vying for his signing next summer.

The 19-year-old has enjoyed a tremendous rise in stature over the last couple of seasons in Germany and has firmly established himself as one of the best young midfielders in the game.

On top of that, Bellingham has also become an important part of the England national team. The teenager made his World Cup debut with the Three Lions earlier this week against Iran and put in a starring display, even scoring a goal on the day.

Real Madrid have had their eyes on Bellingham for a long time now and have been working on his signing for the summer of 2023.

Indeed, MARCA reports that Los Blancos see the teenager as the missing piece of the puzzle as they look to complete their transition from the legendary midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro to that of Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Bellingham.

Real Madrid saw Casemiro leave this past summer, with Tchouameni replacing the Brazilian icon. Modric and Kroos are in the final phase of their respective careers and are unlikely to continue for much longer.

With Camavinga still a bit rough around the edges, adding someone like Bellingham, who has displayed great maturity beyond his age is seen as the next step in the transition.

However, Liverpool stand in the way of Real Madrid in pursuit of Bellingham. The Reds are said to be still seething from missing out on Tchouameni last summer, with the Frenchman opting to to join the Merengues over Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Hence, they are extra-motivated to beat Real Madrid to the signing of the England international in 2023. Along with Liverpool, their Premier League rivals Manchester City are also in the race and wish to take advantage of Bellingham’s friendship with Erling Haaland.

Dortmund, for their part, are resigned to losing their prized asset next year. While they extended his contract until 2025, the German club failed to insert a €150 million release clause in it. But, Bellingham is still expected to cost more than €100 million, especially if he continues to shine at the World Cup.

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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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