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Real Madrid to begin formal negotiations with Dortmund for Bellingham next week



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Real Madrid are seemingly leading the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund in 2023.

A phenomenal showing by the youngster at the FIFA World Cup has only strengthened Los Blancos’ desire to sign him, and as of last week, Real Madrid were once again in the pole position to acquire his services. 

According to reports from Cadena SER, official negotiations between the European Champions and Borrusia Dortmund will begin next week over a potential summer transfer for Bellingham. 

The discussions will boil down to only one factor in the end, the price tag, for the quality of the player is undeniable. The Bundesliga side have reportedly slapped a €150 million price tag on their protege, but Real Madrid would be reluctant to match such a high number.

As per reports, Los Blancos would be willing to offer €100 million for the 19-year-old, while also offering him a five-year contract worth €12 million per season.

If the youngster makes the move to Spain, he would find himself in a world-class midfield core alongside Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde. With Eduardo Camavinga as the backup player in the department, Real Madrid could thus boast of the best midfield in the world for at least the next decade.

In 15 league appearances for Dortmund this season, the youngster has recorded three goals and two assists. He scored one goal and provided one assist in England’s recent World Cup campaign and also has five goal contributions in the UEFA Champions League this season alone.

If Real Madrid fail to secure Bellingham’s signature, Enzo Fernandez presents an apt alternate choice. The Argentine was named the Player of the Tournament at the World Cup in Qatar and his consistency could earn him a blockbuster move to the Bernabeu.

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Atletico Madrid ‘approach’ Real Madrid, Arsenal midfield target over summer move



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According to AS, Atletico Madrid have made the first approach for Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, who has also been linked heavily with a move to Real Madrid and Arsenal.

The 20-year-old midfielder has emerged as one of the most exciting young prospects in Spanish football this season, having already netted nine goals in La Liga.

It has alerted a series of top-level clubs, with the likes of Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid all being linked with the youngster, who has a €40 million release clause in his contract with Celta.

Real Madrid are in the market for midfield reinforcements and have identified Jude Bellingham as their top target, but Veiga is also said to be on the agenda at the Santiago Bernabeu

However, recently, the Galician club’s president confirmed that there had been contact from clubs in England, but stated that Real Madrid had made no approach.

On top of that, a report from MARCA quoted a club source saying that they were not contemplating signing the 20-year-old.

Amidst this, it has now emerged that Atletico Madrid have made an approach towards signing Veiga from Celta Vigo in the summer transfer window.

The Rojiblancos are also in the market for new midfielders amid question marks over the futures of Saul Niguez and Geoffrey Kondogbia.

While Diego Simeone’s side have taken a first step, the report indicates that Veiga, in case of the absence of interest from Real Madrid, would prefer to join Arsenal.

So, the Colchoneros will need to put in efforts to convince the 20-year-old to choose them over a move to the Premier League club come summer if they are serious about adding the talented youngster to their roster for next season.

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