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Real Madrid trailing Manchester City, Liverpool in race for teenage sensation



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According to Christian Falk, Real Madrid are trailing Manchester City and Liverpool in the race to sign Jude Bellingham.

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has been in sensational form for both club and country, attracting the attention of some of the top teams in Europe. However, it seems like Real Madrid are facing stiff competition from the Premier League giants in the race to sign the young Englishman.

Real Madrid are in desperate need of a new midfielder due to the contract situations of their current midfield stalwarts, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Both are in the final stages of their respective careers, with Kroos even flirting with the idea of early retirement.

Additionally, there are also uncertainties over the future of Dani Ceballos.

Bellingham has been on Real Madrid’s radar for a long time due to his rapid rise to prominence at Borussia Dortmund. The 19-year-old midfielder has shown maturity beyond his years and has been compared to some of the greatest midfielders of all time. He has also been a key player for the England national team.

However, Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bellingham has hit a stumbling block due to economic reasons. Both Liverpool and Manchester City have more financial firepower than Real Madrid, making it difficult for the Spanish giants to compete in the transfer market.

Real Madrid, in the past, have appeared quite reluctant in meeting Dortmund’s hefty price tag for Bellingham, which is expected to exceed the €120 million mark.

In that case, Los Blancos may have to rethink their transfer strategy in the summer, especially when it comes to signing a midfielder. Fortunately, they have no shortage of alternatives and have been heavily linked with a move for Spanish starlet Gabri Veiga, among others.

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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