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Real Madrid will not break salary structure to accommodate €140 million target – report
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.
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Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool monitoring 19-year-old Bundesliga wonderkid – Romano
According to Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen and Germany wonderkid Florian Wirtz.
After recovering from his ACL injury, the teenage sensation has been slowly working his way back to his best form. So far this term, Wirtz has managed to rack up a tally of two goals and six assists from 13 matches in all competitions.
The 19-year-old’s talent and potential have never been in question and hence it does not come as a surprise that elite clubs such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Liverpool are all keeping tabs on the German international.
A versatile attacking midfielder, Wirtz is capable of playing anywhere in the final third of the pitch and backs up with top-notch end product. Be it as a false-nine or in a more withdrawn role, the youngster has excelled for Bayer Leverkusen, catching the attention of top teams.
Real Madrid, for their part, are also understood to be among Wirtz’s admirers. Given the situation surrounding Karim Benzema’s fitness and the lack of backup at the top, the youngster could be an option, as he has shown potential while operating through the middle.
But Barcelona also have a strong interest in the teenager with reports even suggesting that they have already made contact with his father to enquire about his situation.
At the same time, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is understood to be a huge admirer of his fellow German and with Roberto Firmino on his way out, Wirtz could be lined up as a possible replacement.
However, Romano adds that the expectation is that Wirtz could stay at Bayer Leverkusen for one more year and depart Germany once the UEFA Euro 2024 is out of the way.
For now, there have been talks or negotiations with any clubs, but Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool are all tracking Wirtz and his progress in Germany.