Liverpool are looking at a transfer for Jude Bellingham, according to reports. The Reds are far from the only ones planning for the Borussia Dortmund midfielder, however.
This comes from the Daily Star. They claim Liverpool are planning a record-breaking transfer bid for Jude Bellingham.
The Reds would pay £80m to sign Bellingham, which would be the most they’ve ever paid for a player. Virgil van Dijk is the current most, of course, at £75m.
But they face competition, naturally. Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all want Bellingham, too.
Liverpool will need to plan this one carefully, then.
Liverpool want Jude Bellingham transfer
The Star is hardly the most reputable source and ‘planning an £80m bid’ does seem a little too tidy. A deal like this is far more complicated than just planning a large bid, especially a year in advance.
But at the same time, it’s fairly believable. Bellingham is a special talent and one Dortmund will eventually sell. Liverpool likely see him as the perfect Jordan Henderson replacement.
It just doesn’t seem all that likely. City, United and Chelsea all appear to have unlimited funds and tend to bid way over the odds for players like this.
Bellingham might be a bigger prospect than Jack Grealish by the end of the season, for instance, and City paid £100m for the latter. We can only imagine what they’d bid for the former.
What does work in Liverpool’s favour is that Bellingham appears to be a massive Steven Gerrard fan. Perhaps that’s enough to make the Reds’ interest really stand out above the others.
Unfortunately, unfathomable wages is also a really good way to stand out and the other three are more likely to offer them.
But as we say, there’s a long way to go. Do we think Liverpool want Bellingham? Absolutely. Do we think there’s a bid in the works just yet? No, probably not.