Liverpool are reportedly unwilling to meet Birmingham City’s asking price for Jude Bellingham. That stance has apparently put him off the move.
The 90min report goes on to say that Liverpool’s stance has put off Bellingham’s family, too. They feel that if the Reds won’t pay that, they clearly don’t value him highly enough.
That’s an easy stance to have when others are happy to pay it, in all honesty. But right now, it looks as though Liverpool won’t sign Bellingham.
And they’re completely justified, too. Even if the teenager is as talented as many think.
When we say that’s an unprecedented price, we mean it. £30m would make Bellingham the joint-highest signing in Championship history (along with Moussa Sissoko).
So it’s worth comparing the two of them. Sissoko had four years of Premier League experience behind him, having just suffered relegation with Newcastle United, and six years of Ligue 1 before that. He’d also just shone for France at Euro 2016, making four starts as they reached the final.
Bellingham, in contrast, is 16 and playing his first senior season in the Championship. That’s not to say he won’t go on to become a great player but in terms of what you’re paying for right now, he’s a massive ‘if’.
And if you discount signings from just-relegated sides, Bellingham’s £30m fee would break the Championship record by £10m. The current record is James Maddison to Leicester City (£20m), so that’s a hell of a jump.
Even compared to Liverpool signings, Bellingham represents a huge risk. He’d cost just £9m less than Fabinho, for instance, who joined two years ago. And £5m more than Gini Wijnaldum, the current starring box-to-box midfielder.
As good as Bellingham looks, he’ll do well to be as good as Wijnaldum one day.
Bellingham may become a star but right now, you can surely find much better value for £30m