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OFFICIAL: Real Madrid complete the signing of Bellingham



The 19-year-old English superstar has long been linked with Los Blancos, and after several months of talks, it appears a deal has been reached between the German giants and Los Blancos.

Bellingham is seen as the long-term successor to Luka Modric in Madrid, and the final piece in a midfield transition away from the Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Modric trio that have dominated European football for the last decade. The latter two are expected to remain at the club next season, yet with Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga all at the club already, Los Blancos will be well covered for the future.

The German side will sell Bellingham to Los Blancos for €103m plus up to 30% of the deal in variables. The total cost of the deal could thus rise to around €134m should they be fulfilled, although it is not yet known how achievable those variables. If it follows recent trends, some of that money will likely be linked to Champions League victories or Ballon d’Or wins.

Should reports be believed on Bellingham’s wages, the deal is set to cost Los Blancos a minimum of €163m over the six years of his contract, and a maximum of around €204m, if those variables are achieved.

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Bellingham is seen as a long-term star in Real Madrid’s midfield, eventually taking the mantle from Luka Modric as the difference-maker for Los Blancos. If he reaches his potential, there is little doubt that he will turn out to be good business. At just 19, he could well stay at the club for a decade and still leave for a major fee. Los Blancos appear keen to avoid a similar case to that of Eden Hazard once again, and thus are targeting younger star signings to protect against a loss of value with age.

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