At this point, it is no secret that Real Madrid have made it an absolute priority to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next summer.
The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, young midfielders in the game currently and has been making all the right noises since his move to Germany from Birmingham City in 2020.
A mainstay in the Dortmund side, the teenager has even captained the team on a few occasions this term, indicating the level of maturity and talent that he boasts.
Naturally, several top clubs, including the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, have all been casting admiring glances towards the teenage sensation.
But, according to recent reports, Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Bellingham, having already ‘sold’ him their project.
The England international is also believed to have made it a priority to join the current champions of Spain and Europe next year.
With things seemingly starting to move behind the scenes, journalist Rodrigo Faez (h/t Madrid Xtra) has claimed that Real Madrid will soon initiate serious talks with Borussia Dortmund for the signing of Bellingham.
It is claimed that Los Blancos will start negotiations with the Black and Yellows in the next days or weeks. It would be the right move from Real Madrid, as they should look to close the deal at the earliest possible and avoid any chance of a late bidding war with the Premier League clubs.
Bellingham’s contract with Dortmund runs until the summer of 2025, meaning he still has more than two years left on his deal. That puts the German outfit in a strong negotiating position and they could demand a hefty sum for their midfield prodigy.
However, given Real Madrid’s healthy financial position, the Spanish capital club should have the wherewithal to meet those demands.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.