Liverpool are said to be ‘leading the race’ to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next summer.
Bellingham is set to be at the centre of a transfer tussle between Europe’s leading clubs next summer with the teenager having continued to enhance his reputation as one of world football’s brightest talents.
The 19-year-old scored during Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat at Manchester City on Wednesday and is now the highest-scoring English teenager (4) in Champions League history.
Liverpool are expected to enter the market for at least one new midfielder in 2023 and Bellingham is understood to be at the top of the club’s wish-list. The Telegraph are reporting that the Reds are leading the race for Bellingham, with Jurgen Klopp having made ‘no secret’ of his admiration for the former Birmingham City player.
Klopp discussed how his leading transfer targets were not available during the summer, increasing speculation that Bellingham was on the club’s shortlist. Dortmund were reluctant to lose the midfielder in the same window that saw Erling Haaland depart for the Premier League.
Bellingham is approaching a century of appearances since signing for Dortmund in 2020 and has won 15 caps for England. He is expected to be named in the Three Lions’ squad for September’s international break and for the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all also been linked in recent months.
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