Jude Bellingham to Liverpool transfer: Reds ‘leading’ amid £101m claim and Klopp ‘problem’ admission
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Bellingham has established himself as one of the most promising young talents in European football since joining Dortmund from Birmingham City in 2020, and is closing in on a century of appearances for the German outfit at just 19 years of age.
With speculation rife over his future, here’s everything you need to know about the latest Jude Bellingham transfer news...
What is the latest on Jude Bellingham’s future?
According to the Telegraph, Bellingham could be at the centre of a sizeable transfer tussle next summer.
Liverpool are understood to be “leading the race” to secure his services, but it is also claimed that a number of Europe’s top sides could be dragged into the fray.
This latest report suggests that Bellingham could be available for transfer in 2023, with Dortmund chiefs “braced” for the Reds to make their move should he look at a move away.
It is unclear at this stage whether the player has a release clause written into his contract in Germany, or whether his current employers will be able to hold out for a greater valuation as they did with Jadon Sancho’s transfer to Manchester United.
In October of last year, German outlet Bild suggested that Bellingham was valued at around £101 million, although it is expected that the midfielder’s impressive form in both domestic and continental competition, as well as his continued inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, is likely to push any price tag higher still.
What has been said about Bellingham’s future?
From a Liverpool perspective, Jurgen Klopp has made no secret of his admiration for Bellingham in the past.
Speaking about a potential move for the teenager over the summer, the Anfield boss said: “He’s not on the market, so that’s the first problem with that player... well, the only problem with that player.”
For his part, however, Bellingham has sought to quell mounting speculation surrounding his possible exit from Dortmund.
He said: “The club have done loads for me and made me feel very welcome since I first came and gave me the opportunities to develop even further.
“To look past that and into the future would be disrespectful.”