Journalist Jose Felix Diaz, while writing for MARCA, has affirmed that Real Madrid are about to finalize the signing of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham for the next season.
The journalist writes that Madrid have been working on Bellingham’s acquisition for months and after operating in the shadows, the team from the Spanish capital city was practically left alone in the race while Liverpool and Manchester City slowly pulled out.
As far as Man City are concerned, they did have the capital advantage, but fortunately for Real Madrid, the midfielder has decided to play at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Weeks ago, Liverpool pulled out of the competition due to financial constraints and now that it has been made known to City that Bellingham wants to represent Madrid, they too have bowed out without much of a fight.
So except for any last-minute setback, Diaz claims that Bellingham will play for Real Madrid next season and will sign a contract until 2029.
As for Dortmund, the Bundesliga team has already made peace with the fact that they will be without their star midfielder next season and although their asking price was €140 million, Madrid expect to close this operation at a slightly lower amount, between €100 and €120 million.
Earlier in the chase, Madrid had to fight hard to stay in the hunt. City, in particular, were their biggest nemesis as the Premier League side not only agreed to pay his transfer fee but they were also on line to pay a good amount of salary.
“If it’s for money, he won’t come to Madrid,” sources from Real Madrid assured at the beginning of the year.
Over the last few transfer windows, Real Madrid have shown that they are ready to give priority to young players and the perfect example of that are Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga.
Bellingham had always known that Real Madrid were in the race to sign him. He waited to see what would happen and now, an agreement is said to be close. Some reports have suggested that he will be offered a contract worth around €20 million per year.
Fabrizio Romano has also confirmed that the deal is indeed close to being completed, with Real Madrid now on the cusp of landing their priority summer transfer target.
Although Bellingham’s acquisition is not completely closed, Real Madrid are expected to make an official announcement only after the Bundesliga ends. This is because Dortmund are still in the hunt for the title and Madrid do not want to deter anyone from the track.
Real Madrid may look to sell 24-year-old star if top target arrives in the summer – report
Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.