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Real Madrid will not offer more than €120 million for primary midfield target



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Real Madrid’s desire to sign Jude Bellingham next season is an open secret. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has emerged as one of the most talented young players in world football and the Spanish giants are keen on securing his services in the summer of 2023.

Bellingham, who is coming on the back of an excellent World Cup, is being likely as a direct long-term replacement for Luka Modric. The ageing midfielder has his contract expiring at the end of the season, and though he is likely to extend his contract, Real Madrid may need a successor sooner rather than later.

That is where Bellingham comes into the fray. However, according to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid are facing a financial roadblock in their pursuit of the Englishman.

The report suggests that Real Madrid are not willing to pay more than €120 million, including add-ons, for Bellingham. The midfielder, who has a contract at Dortmund until 2025, has been reportedly valued at around €150 million by the German giants.

To make things worse for Real Madrid, their rivals in the race to sign Bellingham, primarily from the English Premier League, are willing to pay up to €150 million for the midfielder.

Liverpool and Manchester City are among the clubs believed to be keen on the services of the former Birmingham City starlet. Dortmund, though, are making life tougher for all interested parties as they have no desire to part ways with the youngster, just a year after they had to let go of Erling Haaland.

The report also adds that Bellingham desires to move to Real Madrid and it will be up to him to convince Dortmund to let them join the Merengues instead of a club that would offer a higher sum for his services.

With that in mind, Real Madrid may have to fork out significantly more than €120 million if they are to get hold of the services of Bellingham next season.

The Whites, though, are exploring alternatives in the market, including former AC Milan starlet Manuel Locatelli, while SL Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is also a solid option as Plan B if the Merengues miss out on Bellingham.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club



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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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