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.
Real Madrid teenage prodigy needs to play more, insists national team manager
The situation with Arda Guler at Real Madrid has become tense in recent days. The Turkish phenom has not been at the receiving end of many minutes despite completing his recovery from injuries, and the player is now getting fed up with his situation.
It is, however, not just Guler who is affected by the situation. With the European Championships coming up, the 19-year-old looks likely to enter the competition with Turkey with no match fitness, and his international federation is far from happy with his situation.
Turkey manager speaks out
Speaking at the recent sponsorship event of the Turkish National Team, head coach Vincenzo Montella was asked to comment on Guler’s situation at Real Madrid.
As a former Sevilla coach and with knowledge of how La Liga works, he understood the circumstances and hoped for the player to see more minutes.
“He is playing very little, but I hope he can do it from now on because he has a lot of talent,” he said, as quoted by SPORT.
Montella went on to reinstate that he still maintains complete confidence in the Real Madrid star’s abilities for the upcoming tournament, despite his drought for minutes.
“We are following him very carefully. We want our players to be in their best physical condition for the European Championship.”
Exit on the cards?
Guler has played only 92 minutes all season and is now vexed by his helplessness. As revealed yesterday, he feels misguided and is unhappy with how the circumstances are currently.
The disappointed star, thus, could seek an exit, potentially on loan, from the club next summer if his situation does not improve.
But with Jude Bellingham and Brahim Diaz both on song, it does not appear like Guler’s chance in Madrid will arrive anytime soon.
Carlo Ancelotti retains faith in the Turkish star, and it remains to be seen if he looks to turn the player’s fortune around in the coming months.