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Man City confident of signing Jude Bellingham; Real Madrid still in contention – sources



Man City confident of signing Jude Bellingham; Real Madrid still in contention – sources

Manchester City are growing confident they can sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund this summer, although Real Madrid remain in contention for the midfielder’s signature, sources have told ESPN.

Bellingham are among City’s top targets ahead of the summer transfer window, although Dortmund are not giving up hope of keeping the 19-year-old for at least a year.

Liverpool and Manchester United are also interested in Bellingham, but sources have told ESPN that City and Madrid remain the likeliest destinations should he leave Germany at the end of the season.

Madrid are monitoring Bernardo Silva’s situation at the Etihad if they miss Bellingham, ESPN sources say.

Silva, who is under contract until 2025, was linked with moves to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain last summer and although he is happy at City, he expects to be allowed to leave if the club receives a suitable offer. Madrid are also chasing Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga, as well as United and Liverpool.

Sources have told ESPN that Madrid are exploring options to strengthen their midfield with Luka Modric, who turns 38 in September, although a final decision on his transfer strategy hasn’t been made until the window. summer as the Spanish side also add another striker.

Apart from Silva, Ilkay Gündogan could also leave City this summer.

Gundogan will be a free agent at the end of the season unless he signs a new contract with Etihad and is linked to Barcelona.

Signing at least one midfielder is City’s priority, but the club are also considering bringing in a left-back with Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell among potential targets.