Reds set to beat rivals to Jude Bellingham

Liverpool are long-term admirers of Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham – and have earmarked him as their marquee summer buy

Posted Friday, January 14, 2022 by

Reds set to beat rivals to Jude Bellingham

Liverpool have identified Jude Bellingham as their marquee summer signing and believe they have the set-up to beat rivals to the Borussia Dortmund man.

That's according to Caught Offside, who say that though the youngster is a target for Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea, the Reds are counting on their "experienced players at the club that can guide him" if he joins in a big-money move.

Bellingham has previously said that he wants to stay at Dortmund – even laughing off transfer rumours on Twitter linking him away from the Bundesliga – but the England international is nevertheless a big target for Premier League sides.

Liverpool have seemed like a likely destination for the BVB midfielder for a while, with their midfield in need of rejuvenation soon.

Given that Jadon Sancho cost Manchester United something in the region of £80m, Bellingham might well leave Signal Iduna Park for a similar fee. There may be hope, however, that a good deal could be struck for the teenager when he eventually returns to England.

Birmingham City negotiated just a 5% sell-on clause when they sold the Stourbridge schemer to the German outfit for around £25m. That means that even if Bellingham were to leave for £50m, Dortmund would retain £47.5m of the fee.

Though Bellingham has never angled for a move during his time in Germany, a convincing persuasion from an interesting party, such as Liverpool, could well change things. Though his contract expires in 2025, Dortmund might prefer to accept a good bid for the player, rather than keep him at the club against his will.

Bellingham is valued at £67.5m on Transfermarkt.

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