Liverpool will be in the running to sign Jude Bellingham when he leaves Borussia Dortmund.
That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that Liverpool will ‘certainly be in the conversation’ to bring the teenager to Anfield.
Although Bellingham could reportedly command a price of £103m, it’s claimed that the fee ‘wouldn’t scare’ Liverpool. However, the player’s wage demands could reportedly be a ‘stumbling block.’
The Athletic also claim that Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson’s relationship with Bellingham may ‘help’ The Reds.
A price worth paying for Bellingham
If Liverpool are serious about Bellingham, it’s clear that they’re going to have pay a record amount for him.
There’s certainly some logic to the alternative plan of buying two midfielders for less than that price. But the fact of the matter is that Bellingham is a special, special talent.
At nineteen, he is already ridiculously good. Erling Haaland even called him ‘phenomenal’ via the ESPN FC Podcast. Working under Jurgen Klopp as he enters his early-mid twenties, it’s scary just how brilliant he could become.
When put against the years of service he looks ready to give, the price becomes worth paying.
Of course, wages may ultimately scupper any chance for Liverpool, anyway. With Mohamed Salah’s new contract, they have shown themselves willing to mix it with the big boys in terms of salary’s on offer.
But Salah has earnt his deal after years of relentless excellence. It seems unlikely that they’d be willing to offer a new player anywhere near that kind of amount.
Some Liverpool fans will remain optimistic that something may happen regarding Bellingham this summer. However, it looks more than likely that it’ll actually be next summer until any of this comes to fruition.
In the meantime, it’s worth keeping an eye on how the midfielder is progressing for both Dortmund and England over the coming season.