Liverpool’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham appeared to take a hit after The Daily Star reported that the 16-year-old sensation was no longer considering Anfield as a destination for the 2020/21 season.
Reports from BBC Sport indicate that Bellingham is now being pursued by Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.
There is still hope for Bellingham potentially one day playing his football on Merseyside if the teenager were to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland and take his talents to the Bundesliga.
Bild even reported this week that Dortmund were confident of striking a deal.
Birmingham reportedly want at least £30m for the midfielder, according to The Evening Standard. Clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City, United and Dortmund have showcased their interest and now the decision rests with Bellingham.
Missing out is bad, losing to United would be a disaster
Although Liverpool are set to miss out this summer, there is no guarantee that Jurgen Klopp and the Reds cannot strike a deal in the future.
Dortmund’s Sancho departed City to seek a move to Germany and has since developed into one of the brightest young talents across the continent – Bellingham could look to do the same.
If this were the case then it would allow Liverpool to buy their time before deciding whether a possible move in the distant future could potentially materialise.
The major negative to this approach would be that if Liverpool are to potentially ever secure a move for Bellingham then they would have to go down the expensive route.
Sancho left City for small change and is now being linked with a move to Liverpool for a nine-figure-sum.
Don’t rule out a future move
Even though Liverpool have missed out, there may still be a second chance to land one of the country’s up-and-coming prospects. The efforts the club have taken to land Bellingham at Anfield will reflect well on the club and could the Reds at the front of the queue if he ever were to consider returning to England.
Liverpool have showcased for a time that they only pay eye-watering fees for players that have been identified as transformative signings such as Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, if Bellingham is as good as he is cracked up to be the Reds could have to pay up to £100 million in a few years time.
Even though the Reds are set to miss out, supporters should ignore the noise. Liverpool will undoubtedly have other options and will invest the money elsewhere. Perhaps even on a player that is ready-made to see Klopp and the players compete across all competitions again next season.