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Real Madrid view Manchester City as primary competition for €150m midfielder

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The race for the signing of Jude Bellingham is heating up already even though the summer transfer window is far away.

Real Madrid are firmly in the picture for the signing of the 19-year-old midfielder but face competition from Premier League giants like Liverpool, Manchester City and even Manchester United are believed to be interested in the England international.

According to Sky Sports, Real Madrid have already begun working on the possibility of signing Bellingham next summer. But they see Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as their primary rivals in the race for the teenager’s signing.

Los Blancos are trying to sell the idea of Bellingham having a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or in the future if he joins the club.

They want him to form the core of the ‘next all-star midfield unit’ alongside Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga as they prepare to move on from veterans Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

However, the reigning champions of Europe see Manchester City as a major threat to their chances of signing Bellingham. The Premier League champions are an incredibly stable club and have one of the best tactical minds in charge of the team in Guardiola.

Furthermore, with Ilkay Gundogan in the final year of his contract and Kevin De Bruyne in his thirties, the Citizens see Bellingham as someone who can refresh their midfield options.

Guardiola has been an admirer of the Englishman for a long time now, while the presence of Erling Haaland in the City ranks could also work in their favour due to the equation that the striker shares with Bellingham.

Liverpool are in need of major surgery to their midfield unit but their poor start to the season could hamper their chances, especially if they fail to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.

As for Manchester United, even though they are long-term admirers of Bellingham, their priority is to sign an elite striker at this point.

All these factors have led to Real Madrid perceiving Manchester City as their biggest threat in the race to sign the 19-year-old sensation.

With his contract at Borussia Dortmund running until the summer of 2025, the Bundesliga outfit will likely demand a massive sum of around €150 million according to reports. Only time will tell as to who comes out on top in the race for Europe’s most coveted young midfielder.

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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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