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Transfers: Jude Bellingham’s willingness key to push Real Madrid move through

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Amidst all the uncertainty in Real Madrid’a transfer plans at the moment, the one confirmed move appears to be that of Jude Bellingham.

Los Blancos are being forced to alter their strategy for the summer after Karim Benzema’s shocking development of leaving the club, but this will likely not hinder the English midfielder’s arrival in any way.

As things stand, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are said to have reached an agreement over the youngster’s transfer.

Moreover, the 19-year-old and his mother almost confirmed the news of his departure from the German club with gestures of gratitude towards Dortmund after last week’s Bundesliga curtain-closer.

According to reports from Jonas Perez (h/t Madrid Xtra), the teenager’s will was the key that pioneered his move to Madrid. He even directly admitted to his entourage that he did not want to miss the rare chance to sign for the Galacticos.

“Perhaps the Real Madrid train will only come once, I want to take it,” he told his environment, as highlighted in the same report.

The midfielder’s preference has been known internally for a long time, even by other European clubs scouting him. In fact, it was for the same reason that Liverpool pulled out of the race to sign the English star.

Bellingham had economically superior offers at his doorstep from Manchester City, and to turn down the chance to return to England on a high pay scale must have tempted the protege. In the end, however, he prioritized the sporting project of Real Madrid.

In 31 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund this season, the starlet scored eight goals and provided four assists. Further, he provided 1.1 key passes per game and created eight big chances in the German league.

Bellingham can debut for Real Madrid as early as July in the preseason. First and foremost, however, the world waits in anticipation for the official announcement of his transfer.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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