It is the world’s worst-kept secret that Real Madrid are interested in acquiring the services of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in the summer.
One of the most exciting young talents in the game of football, just at 19 years old, the Englishman has some of the biggest clubs warring for his signature.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United have all shown an interest while Chelsea had also been linked, although they might decide to end their pursuit as they inch closer to signing Enzo Fernandez.
Real Madrid, though, have emerged as frontrunners to sign Bellingham as per recent reports. The Englishman is believed to favour a move to the Santiago Bernabeu and the Merengues are also ready to loosen their purse strings to get their man.
And, according to journalist Rodrigo Faez, Bellingham wants the matter of his future resolved at the earliest possible as he does not want the entire situation to turn into a long-running saga.
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid go into the transfer battle with a slight advantage over Liverpool, but does not rule out the possibility of things changing, while he also mentions that Manchester City are also in the mix.
It was reported recently that Bellingham is set to hold showdown talks with Dortmund as the two parties look to get on the same page with regard to his future.
And the interested parties, including Real Madrid, could begin negotiations with the Black and Yellows in the coming weeks so that they can close the deal at the earliest and avoid the scenario where the situation turns into a soap opera.
Whether there is any movement from the Spanish giants’ part or any other interested club remains to be seen. But, as things stand, we could see Bellingham’s future arriving at a resolution in the near future as the player does not wish for the saga to drag on.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.