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Real Madrid want to finalise deal for 19-year-old sensation in January – report

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It is no secret that Real Madrid are in the market for a new midfielder. Amid worries over the continuity of Toni Kroos, the club are determined to add fresh blood in their midfield department, with Jude Bellingham emerging as the top target.

The Borussia Dortmund starlet, regarded as one of the best young talents in world football, is coming on the back of an excellent World Cup campaign with England, where he helped the Three Lions reach the quarterfinal stage.

Earlier reports had claimed that Real Madrid have made Bellingham a priority target at the end of the season, as they wanted him as a direct replacement for Luka Modric.

But it appears Bellingham’s arrival will not alter Modric’s role at the club. In fact, the club want to accommodate both players in the same squad and with that in mind, they are looking to accelerate the deal to sign the Englishman, reports Ramon Alvarez de Mon.

The Whites are hoping to speed up the negotiations with Borussia Dortmund, with the hopes of reaching an agreement and even completing a deal during the January transfer window for Bellingham to arrive in the summer.

Although Los Blancos currently have no agreement with Dortmund, finalising an agreement in January itself could serve as a major blow for other interested parties such as Liverpool and Manchester City, who were hoping to sign the Englishman at the end of the season.

Coach Jurgen Klopp had identified the former Birmingham starlet as the ideal man to lead the new-look Liverpool midfield unit. The German had even instructed Jordan Henderson to convince the youngster to move to Anfield next season.

But reports suggest Bellingham is ready to snub Liverpool in favour of a move to Real Madrid. It will be interesting to see whether the Whites will be successful in their quest to finalise an agreement for the 19-year-old next month.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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