Liverpool and other interested clubs will have to submit a “crazy proposal” to stand a chance of signing Jude Bellingham in the summer.
While on Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five YouTube show, Fabrizio Romano said that it will take a stunning offer to land Bellingham and the Italian journalist thinks it will take more than the touted £100m price tag.
“I’m told he’s not desperate to leave Borussia Dortmund,” said Romano.
“He knows that maybe one more season with Dortmund will be important for him to play 38 games with less pressure than playing with top clubs in England when he’s 20.
“This is why he’s not desperate to leave. Let’s see what happens with proposals, because of course if crazy proposals arrive for Bellingham it will be difficult for Dortmund to say ‘no’.
“But at the moment that plan at Dortmund is selling Erling Haaland in the summer with the release clause and then keeping Bellingham for one more season and maybe selling in 2023.
“It’s not going to be easy to sign Bellingham in 2022, I think it’s going to be a deal for 2023 if nothing crazy happens. When I say crazy I think it’s going to be more than £100 million.”
Bellingham is going to be a superstar and is already performing at levels that many didn’t expect despite the hype that surrounded his move to the Bundesliga.
Ian Wright labelled him as a player that does ‘elite things’ but it doesn’t seem as though he’s leaving BVB any time soon.
That said, with it clear that Borussia Dortmund aren’t interested in selling him next year and the player himself is happy to stay, Liverpool should turn their attention to Haaland, who will be available for just €75m (£62.9m).
He’s got the potential to be the best in the world and with Kylian Mbappe likely to move to Real Madrid, Liverpool must ensure that they buy the Norwegian, with the two young talents set to have a Messi-vs-Ronaldo-type battle in Europe over the next decade.