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Real Madrid will offer a maximum of €110 million fixed fee to sign key target
Real Madrid’s midfield has no dearth of up-and-coming talent. The young yet mature Aurelien Tchouameni anchors the department flawlessly, Federico Valverde adds the X-factor going forward while Eduardo Camavinga can be a potent force on his day.
The addition of Jude Bellingham to the already-stacked department would elevate the team to a whole new level. As ridiculous as it sounds, that move is now closer to completion than ever before.
According to reports from MARCA, Los Blancos will offer a maximum of €110 million as a fixed fee for Bellingham in the summer. However, they will bridge the gap with Borussia Dortmund’s asking price by including add-ons that will be critical.
The English International is quite clearly Real Madrid’s primary transfer target in the summer window as they look to slowly phase out Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Ironically, part of the reason why the player prefers to move to Spain is for the rare chance to share the dressing room with the aforementioned duo.
Liverpool were said to be in close competition with Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the race for the protege. Though the Reds were ahead in the race for a brief period, all roads now seem to lead to Madrid.
The 19-year-old has scored four goals and provided one assist for Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League alone this season and is already one of their captains. Further, he also scored one goal and provided an assist for the Three Lions at the Qatar World Cup.
The days to come will be critical for the Bundesliga player’s future and possible transfer to Real Madrid. With Dortmund’s asking price no longer a country mile away from the European Champions’ budget, an agreement is imminent.
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Rival watch: Barcelona midfielder essentially ruled out of Real Madrid clash
In what could be a real deal breaker for Real Madrid ahead of their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg clash against Barcelona, it has been revealed that as many as three Barça will be absent from the game while another key player remains a major doubt.
The list includes the likes of Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Andreas Christensen. The trio is certain to miss the game through respective injuries while a certain Frenkie de Jong is more or less ruled out, as per Javi Miguel.
It must be remembered that Barcelona are heading into the second leg with a 1-0 advantage. But the absence of the aforementioned players means Madrid can work on exploiting the frailties.
Despite the absence of such big names, Barcelona did pretty well against Elche in their previous outing, coming out 4-0 victorious, with the goals coming from Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres.
With options lacking in midfield, Xavi decided to use the likes of Sergi Roberto and Eric Garcia along with Gavi in the heart of the lineup. In any way, they do have Sergio Busquets and Franck Kessie as backups if needed.
The defence, on the other hand, was perfectly guarded by Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso, Ronald Araujo and Jules Kounde.
One can expect Xavi to once again interchange Araujo with Kounde on the right since the Uruguayan has been rather successful in minimizing the threat of Vinicius Jr.
As far as Madrid are concerned, they are sweating over the fitness of three key defenders, namely, Antonio Rudiger, Nacho, and Ferland Mendy. Between these three, the Frenchman is out for about a month while Rudiger and Nacho are expected to be back before the Clasico.
If there are no casualties against Real Valladolid, Madrid will have a perfect midfield and attack, with only Mariano Diaz missing.