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Real Madrid to open talks for priority target this week, want to avoid ‘Mbappe case’

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According to Pacojo on SER Deportivos, Real Madrid want to finalise a deal for priority transfer target Jude Bellingham at the earliest possible.

Los Merengues wish to avoid a new ‘Kylian Mbappe case’ and are hence planning to open talks with Borussia Dortmund for the midfielder as early as this week.

Bellingham is at the top of the wishlist for Real Madrid for the summer of 2023. With uncertainty looming over the continuity of stars like Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos, a new midfielder is a must at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have long admired Bellingham and have already been laying the groundwork to seal his signing. Recent reports even suggest that they are increasingly confident of landing the 19-year-old ahead of clubs like Liverpool and Manchester City.

Dortmund, for their part, are said to be preparing for the exit of their midfield prodigy, who despite being in his teens, has captained the team on quite a few occasions this season.

The Bundesliga giants are likely to demand a fee in the range of €130-150 million if widespread reports are to be believed.

While Real Madrid had appeared reluctant to shell out such a sum initially, they have decided to spend on the teenager after his exploits at the World Cup for England convinced him.

Bellingham, for his part, is also understood to be favouring a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. The midfielder, however, wants an early resolution to the matter and does not want it to drag into a soap opera.

Real Madrid, too, are now planning to finalise a transfer at the earliest possible as they wish to avoid another scenario like with Mbappe last summer when he made a last-minute swerve to remain at PSG.

With both parties keen on the move and relations between Real Madrid and Dortmund good, talks could move swiftly once the Merengues open talks with the German giants.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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