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Real Madrid believe Liverpool are their strongest rivals in race for Bellingham

Liverpool aren’t going to make it easy for what was to be Real Madrid‘s star signing in the summer of 2023.

The team led by Jurgen Klopp has joined the race to sign Jude Bellingham. The Reds are willing to spare no expense in order to beat Los Blancos to the 19-year-old, who has become one of this season’s standout players.

Moreover, Madrid believe a potential move has become very complicated. The feeling coming out of Anfield is they are certain of signing the Englishman. They believe they need the Borussia Dortmund player, and they also feel his signature would give them a rare victory over Real Madrid, having lost their last three meetings (two finals) as well as coming up short in the race for Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Champions League runners-up are struggling in terms of playmaking this season. They had already looked for reinforcements last summer, but saw several moves fall short, starting with Tchouameni himself, who ended up accepting Real Madrid’s proposal.

Real Madrid’s plan, regardless of what happens with the renewals of the seven players whose contracts expire on June 30, is to strengthen the team little by little. Madrid’s directors know that they have had a stellar midfield for the last decade. Casemiro, Kroos and Modric have made history for Los Blancos, their five Champions League titles are proof of that, but the next era is slowly taking shape.

First came Valverde, then Camavinga and the last to arrive was Tchouameni. Next on the list is Bellingham. The groundwork was already started some time ago when they spoke to the English midfielder’s entourage last summer to discover his intentions.

The response was positive, but without any commitment. It was time to wait and continue working, as Madrid did with Camavinga and then with Tchouameni.

Madrid will not give up but will not do anything crazy

Real Madrid’s plan always been the same: they don’t want to spend large sums that could compromise the economic stability of the club. Reports out of Germany suggest a deal could cost as much 150 million euros, a fee Los Blancos wouldn’t be willing to meet.

This doesn’t mean that Real Madrid are giving up, but it does mean that an agreement may prove to be complicated. Bellingham, a player who left the Premier League at the age of 16 to grow at Borussia Dortmund, has become a real force, and although the idea of joining Madrid interests him, reality suggests only an astronomical offer will make that happen.

Bellingham has yet to make a definitive statement on his future, but all signs suggest he is much closer to Liverpool than he was a month ago. It remains to be seen how Real Madrid react.

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