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Real Madrid unwilling to offer ‘crazy money’ to sign priority target next summer
Jude Bellingham is one of the top commodities in the transfer market, having made a name for himself in the FIFA World Cup.
Despite England’s elimination from the competition, the youngster raised many eyebrows with his consistent performances for his nation. At the age of just 19, he has emerged as a standout figure both for his club and country.
Bellingham’s performances have not gone unnoticed either, with the majority of the top clubs across Europe keen on securing his services in the coming summer.
Real Madrid are no exception, as the reigning Spanish champions are actively searching for long-term replacements for Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Bellingham, to that end, has emerged as the ideal option.
However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid’s pursuit of the Englishman will not be very straightforward. This is because Los Blancos are not willing to offer ‘crazy money’ for the Borussia Dortmund starlet and are only expected to proceed with the pursuit if they think the price is right.
The report comes in the midst of speculations that suggest Dortmund are set to ask for big money for the services of Bellingham, who still has a long-term contract at the club and is by far one of the best talents to come out of English football in the current generation.
Dortmund are aware of their midfield deficiencies as well, given that Mahmoud Dahoud has historically struggled with injuries. Emre Can has been wildly inconsistent while Julian Brandt is more of an attacking playmaker.
With that in mind, BVB will try their best to keep hold of Bellingham, who could prove to be an excellent long-term investment for Real Madrid due to his technical abilities and leadership qualities in the middle of the park.
But with his price tag soaring and competition from the likes of Liverpool, Real Madrid could decide against going after Bellingham if they deem him too expensive.
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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal
Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.
The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.
This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.
However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.
The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.
It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.
Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.
In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.