Madrid & Liverpool to pursue surprise EPL star?

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Armel Bella-Kotchap and Jadon Sancho
Armel Bella-Kotchap and Jadon Sancho

Real Madrid have reportedly set their sights on a surprise name from the English Premier League.  

The Spanish giants started off the most recent transfer window by acquiring Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco after beating a number of teams to his signature. 

The Frenchman and Antonio Rudiger ended up being the only incomings while Los Blancos parted ways with more than 10 players.  

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With the window close, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will have to wait until January before they can bolster the team again and it appears that they have already identified their next target.  

According to Fichajes, Real are showing an interest in Southampton defender Armel Bella-Kotchap.  

The Saints only recently purchased the centre back from Vfl Bochum and will not be keen on parting ways with their new signing.  

Bella-Kotchap's performances in England have not gone unnoticed as he has earned himself a call up in Germany’s squad ahead of their UEFA Nations League matches against Hungary and England.  

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Interestingly, the report adds that Liverpool are also interested in the 20-year-old but a potential deal depends on Joe Gomez’s future. 

The Reds have previously raided Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side in previous years for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Ricky Lambert, and Adam Lallana. 

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