A recent report from MARCA has offered an update on Real Madrid’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham. The reigning European champions have been labelled as the frontrunners in the race to sign the Borussia Dortmund starlet.
Although Real Madrid are prepared to spend a fortune to secure the services of Bellingham, who could cost €140 million in the coming summer, the report reveals that the club have a strict salary structure, in which not even a single player earns more than €12 million per season after taxes.
Bellingham is well aware of the club’s salary structure and that Real Madrid will not be tempted to make an exception for the Englishman.
The Merengues have indeed been adhering to this salary structure for over a while now. The club’s prudent financial model has played a key role in helping them avoid any altercations with the Financial Fair Play regulations.
Real Madrid, therefore, are aware of the fact that they cannot match the contract offers from other clubs such as Liverpool when it comes to Bellingham’s salary is concerned. As such, the club are hoping that the youngster will settle for a lower salary, in favour of a move to Santiago Bernabeu.
The likes of Endrick and Aurelien Tchouameni have settled for lower packages at Real Madrid in recent times. The Spanish champions are hoping Bellingham will follow suit. But if the player holds out for a higher salary, they could move on to other options.
However, as things stand, the Spanish giants are likely to prevail in the pursuit of Bellingham, as they are in a position to offer the youngster far better sporting perspectives, especially with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric nearing the end of their respective careers.
The midfielder is also said to be preferring a move to Spain over a return to England, which should put Real Madrid in a strong position to seal the deal.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.