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Real Madrid’s pursuit of 19-year-old midfielder not dependent on Modric and Kroos

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Jude Bellingham is one of Real Madrid’s transfer priorities for the upcoming summer transfer window. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is regarded as the future of English football, but his future might lie in Spain, as the European champions look to secure his services in 2023.

Many believe Bellingham has been targeted as a direct replacement for Luka Modric. So naturally, the club’s pursuit of the Englishman may rely heavily on the future of Modric and even Toni Kroos, to an extent.

However, a recent report from MARCA has clarified that Real Madrid’s pursuit of Bellingham is not dependent on the fate of either Modric or Kroos.

This is because there is a strong sense of feeling with the Real Madrid camp that the club need to induce young blood into the squad. The club have invested heavily in players such as Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in recent years.

However, in order to break the dominance of Modric and Kroos, another big-money investment could be the need of the hour. And that is where Bellingham comes into the fray.

The Dortmund starlet has shown impeccable leadership, skill and versatility at a young age. He also offers ample experience at the highest level of football and could emerge as the ideal man to spearhead a new look Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.

Luring Bellingham away from Dortmund, though, might not be a walk in the park. The Bundesliga giants have no intention of offloading their prized asset and value him at around €150 million. Real Madrid, to that end, are reluctant to pay more than €120 million.

Therefore, the European champions must break the bank if they are to secure the services of the former Birmingham City starlet next season. Alternatively, they could look for cost-effective options in the market, with Manuel Locatelli emerging as one of the candidates.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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