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Real Madrid still facing Manchester City threat in pursuit of Bellingham – Ornstein

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Real Madrid’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham has been well-documented throughout this past week, with the Spanish giants reportedly close to agreeing personal terms with the midfielder.

However, as per the latest report from David Ornstein, the transfer is far from done. Real Madrid are still yet to come to an agreement with Borussia Dortmund over the transfer fee. The Bundesliga giants are persisting on their high demands, which is proving to a challenge for Real Madrid.

But perhaps more importantly, Real Madrid are still facing the looming threat of Manchester City. The Premier League giants had been linked with a move for Bellingham for a while now, with Pep Guardiola hoping to reunite him with his former Dortmund mate Erling Haaland.

Bellingham may also serve as the direct replacement for Ilkay Gundogan, who in turn, has been linked with a move to FC Barcelona, among other clubs.

As per Ornstein, though, no details have surfaced regarding Man City’s offer. There are no numbers mentioned, nor news of the English champions offering a higher salary than Real Madrid.

But as previously covered, it is apparent Bellingham wants to join the Spanish giants, as he looks to further his career and become one of the most crucial elements in the Madrid midfield in the years to come.

Real Madrid’s strong sporting project has indeed been one of the main reasons Bellingham is tilting towards a move to Santiago Bernabeu. But the deal is not over yet and Los Blancos must soon reach an agreement with Dortmund if they are to fend off the threat of Man City.

The coming weeks could be crucial as far as Real Madrid’s pursuit of the Englishman is concerned. The player, for now though, will look to focus on winning the Bundesliga title with Dortmund.

The Bundesliga giants are trailing Bayern Munich by just one point, with three matches left to be played.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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