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Liverpool must repeat 2017's £53m deal if Real Madrid push ahead for 18-year-old - RTK View

Real Madrid want Jude Bellingham, according to reports. If true, Liverpool must look to repeat their £53m deal in 2017.

Cadena SER claims that Real Madrid want Jude Bellingham – but they can’t sign him yet. There are two reasons for that.

The first is that Borussia Dortmund don’t want to sell and it’s tough to see how Real could get around that. It would certainly take an awful lot of money after the Germans saw Erling Haaland leave this summer.

However, even if Real did convince Dortmund, it’s not a transfer they could make. La Liga limits teams to three non-EU players and Los Blancos have those spots filled with Vinicius, Rodrygo and Eder Militao. Vinicius should get his Spanish passport in January but it essentially rules out a move for Bellingham right now.

Cadena SER believe Real want to work around that, though, as they’re worried about Liverpool’s interest. They’d like to strike a deal with Dortmund that sees them become preferential bidders for next summer. In other words, they could only sell to Real Madrid.

And if that truly is their plan, Liverpool need to try and repeat a deal from 2017.

Real Madrid want Jude Bellingham

We really want to see Bellingham at Liverpool and it does sound as though that’s the club’s plan. He’s a sensational talent and one who would future-proof the Reds’ midfield. Honestly, he’s worth £100m if the Reds have it spare.

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Real’s plan would make things tricky, however, but Liverpool could perhaps match it. If we go back to 2017, the Reds struck a deal with RB Leipzig for Naby Keita as they were worried Bayern Munich would move.

Leipzig didn’t want to sell that summer but knew they’d lose him the following year. So Liverpool jumped in with a deal that saw them commit to signing Keita, with the fee dependant on how the German side performed that year.

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The more Keita helped them accomplish, the more Liverpool would pay.

In the end, they paid around £53m, per the Liverpool Echo. We think a similar deal is the way to get Bellingham if Real are going to push this summer. Liverpool know such a deal can work well and it would give all parties (except Real) what they want.

Bellingham, assuming he signs, would get his big move. Dortmund would get another year of Bellingham before cashing in. Liverpool would get their future sorted ahead of time.

For us, this has to be the way to go.

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