Liverpool reportedly ‘lead the race’ to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham has emerged as one of Europe’s most exciting talents since signing for Dortmund from Birmingham City in 2020, cementing himself as an important part of the Bundesliga side and earning 10 senior caps for England.
The 18-year-old midfielder turned down interest from Manchester United to sign for Dortmund, where he has since made 67 appearances across all competitions to attract the attention of Europe’s elite.
The Mirror are reporting that Liverpool are currently winning the race for his signature, with the Reds having made Bellingham their leading transfer target as Premier League rivals focus on the teenager’s Dortmund teammate, Erling Haaland.
Haaland has a release clause of €75m that will become active next summer and Liverpool are hopeful that the distraction of the forward’s future can provide them with an advantage in the race for Bellingham.
Jurgen Klopp is keen to add the teenager to his midfield ranks with each of Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner all the wrong side of 30, with the German having not been ‘put off’ by Bellingham’s expected price-tag of around £90m.
That deal would represent a club-record figure for the Reds, whilst it would also provide much-needed funds for former club, Birmingham City, who inserted a sell-on clause in the deal that took Bellingham to Dortmund.
Bellingham found himself at the centre of controversy following Dortmund’s 3-2 defeat to Bayern Munich last weekend, with the midfielder fined £34,000 by the German FA for his comments on the appointment of referee Felix Zwayer and his past suspension for match-fixing in 2005.
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