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Borussia Dortmund ready to let Jude Bellingham leave

DORTMUND, GERMANY - MAY 27: Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund looks dejected following the team's draw, as they finish second in the Bundesliga behind FC Bayern Munich during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Signal Iduna Park on May 27, 2023 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Jude Bellingham seems to have received approval to depart Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming summer transfer window, and it appears that Real Madrid is at the forefront of the race to secure the services of the young English talent.

Upon his own request, Bellingham was excluded from Dortmund’s crucial final match of the season, indicating that discussions about his future have taken place with influential figures at the club, hinting at an imminent separation.

Dortmund’s hopes of clinching the Bundesliga title on the final day were shattered as they settled for a 2-2 draw against Mainz. Although Bellingham, dealing with a knee injury, was unable to participate in the last two games of the season, he was still recognized as the league’s player of the season.

Following the heartbreaking end to the season, with Dortmund narrowly missing out on ending Bayern Munich’s decade-long dominance in the Bundesliga, Bellingham experienced the same disappointment as his teammates at Signal Iduna Park.

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have engaged in multiple video meetings to negotiate the financial terms for Jude Bellingham’s transfer to Spain.

The transfer fee is reported to be around 100 million euros, with additional performance-based incentives included in the deal.

The primary focus of the discussions has been the payment structure, with Real Madrid aiming to spread out the payments over several years in three or four installments. Despite the potential higher overall cost, they are willing to accommodate Dortmund’s preferences in order to secure Bellingham’s services, as he is viewed as a crucial asset for the future.

Real Madrid is hopeful that the deal can be finalized swiftly once the season officially concludes. Bellingham is expected to sign a six-year contract, becoming an integral part of the revamped and modernized Madrid midfield.

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