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Real Madrid unwilling to offer more than €100 million to sign Bundesliga wonderkid

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At this point, Real Madrid’s interest in signing Jude Bellingham remains no secret.

It seems as if Los Blancos’ plan is to replace their legendary midfield trio of Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

With Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga brought in as the successor to Casemiro and Kroos respectively, the search for a replacement for Modric continues.

While the Englishman has been earmarked as the ideal heir for the Croatian, a new revelation suggests that the club have set limits on their desire to secure his signature.

As per a report by AS, Real Madrid are unwilling to go beyond the €100 million mark to sign Jude Bellingham next summer.

The Athletic recently reported that the German side intend to extend the midfield dynamo’s deal beyond 2025 and had made contact for the same. It has also been mentioned that the club are keen on inserting a €150 million release clause for their most prized asset.

Whilst such revelations may worry Madridistas, it has previously been speculated that Los Merengues instructed Bellingham to reject a contract extension, which has been taken on board by the player.

It is commendable to see Carlo Ancelotti’s men refuse to budge on their valuation for the England international, despite their appreciation for his well-rounded skillset.

With the European champions still having the reputation of being lavish spenders since the ‘Galacticos’ era, one must have expected the club to go all in their pursuit of the ex-Birmingham City starlet.

However, it is key to note that Real Madrid have other priority positions as well, such as bringing in another forward as an understudy to Karim Benzema.

As a result, the club’s approach to budgeting their chase for Bellingham is astute, to say the least.

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Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report

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Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact. 

As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.

The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.

Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.

Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.

In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.

From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.

In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.

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