Liverpool have already made a bid to Borussia Dortmund in the hope of striking a deal for Jude Bellingham.
That’s according to Cadena Ser, who claim that The Reds have offered around £86.4m for the 18-year-old.
But fresh from beating them in the Champions League final, they’ll reportedly face competition from Real Madrid for Bellingham.
Los Blancos are claimed to be preparing an offer of £78m for the Englishman. As part of the offer, they’d reportedly be willing to let Bellingham return to Dortmund on loan for next season.
This would be a result of their inability to register more non-EU players. Vinicius Junior will reportedly become a Spanish citizen next year though, which would open up a spot for Bellingham.
Liverpool go to war with Real once more
It seems highly unlikely that Liverpool would have submitted a bid for Bellingham at this stage.
Having just spent an initial £64m on Darwin Nunez, it would be a remarkable statement of intent. But that simply isn’t how Liverpool do business. Not usually, anyway.
The presence of Real Madrid is a worry though, and maybe it could spark The Reds into doing something they normally wouldn’t.
After all, Liverpool were ready to rival Madrid for Aurelien Tchouameni. In the end, the Frenchman ended up in the Spanish capital to the tune of around £85m.
Rather than any financial aspect though, it seems the decision was ultimately down to Tchouameni’s personal preference.
That would suggest that the cash is there for Liverpool to go to war with the Spanish champions.
However, the smart money would indicate that Bellingham won’t be on the move until next year.
If it boils down to personal preference once again, hopefully the Englishman in Bellingham will lean towards his homeland.
There’s still a long way to go until we get there. This story isn’t likely to go away anytime soon though, so strap in.