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Real Madrid target’s price soars to €150-160m, could stay at current club for another year

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According to the reliable David Ornstein (h/t Football Daily), Real Madrid target Jude Bellingham’s asking price has soared to €150-160 million, due to which he could end up staying at Borussia Dortmund for another year.

Bellingham is one of the most sought-after midfielders in the market at this moment. Liverpool have withdrawn from the race to sign the England star due to the costs involved, leaving Real Madrid and Manchester City to battle it out.

Chelsea and PSG have also shown interest in the 19-year-old, but he does not favour a move to either club.

Real Madrid were said to be willing to do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign Bellingham as they look to reinforce their midfield unit in the summer.

However, as per Ornstein, Dortmund are now likely to demand a sum of €150-160 million for the England international.

And, it is unlikely that Real Madrid would be willing to meet that valuation. It has been previously reported that the European champions have reservations about splashing such an amount of money on the 19-year-old, especially when they have to bear stadium renovation costs.

Manchester City, for their part, have a good relationship with Dortmund. However, they too are likely to shy away from spending such huge amounts for the teenage midfielder’s signing.

As a result, there is a possibility that Bellingham will remain at the German club for one more season. The midfielder’s current contract with the club expires in 2025, meaning he will have just a year left on his deal after the 2023/24 season.

At that point, Bellingham would be available for a much more affordable price, provided he does not renew his contract with Dortmund.

It remains to be seen how this saga develops over the coming weeks as Real Madrid look to land their priority target, but for a price that is not outrageous.

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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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