Liverpool’s transfer plan could be under threat as Borussia Dortmund seek a ‘policy change’. The Reds won’t like the sound of this.
There’s an awful lot of talk around Jude Bellingham right now and it won’t slow down this season. Everyone expects Borussia Dortmund to sell their star asset, much as they did Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland.
But that might not actually be the case. Sebastian Kehl, the club’s sporting director, admits that they’d like to change their policy of selling stars.
“Jude is very happy at the club, he is very committed to us,” he told BT Sport. “Hopefully, he can stay over next season and for a long time.
“Then we come back to the beginning of the interview, we try to keep our best players, Jude is one of those and we try to keep them for as long as possible. But we will see what will happen but not at the moment.
“We would like to change the policy but we are in the market. We would like to keep our best players longer than the last few years – it’s impossible [to keep them sometimes].”
Dortmund could halt Liverpool’s transfer plan
It certainly seems that Liverpool hope to sign Bellingham next summer. Fabrizio Romano claimed in the summer that the Reds had made calls for a move in 2022 but were knocked back. There’s every suggestion that they’ll return in 2023.
Liverpool need a midfielder, after all, and Bellingham is as good as it gets. He’s young, supremely talented and even ticks homegrown boxes. The kind of player, then, that you spend a fortune on.
But only if Dortmund are willing to sell, of course. They resisted offers for both Sancho and Haaland when they were there, keeping them a year longer than expected. It may be that they want the same with Bellingham.
After all, this current transfer policy isn’t actually helping them compete with Bayern Munich. They remain far off the Bavarians and that may just convince them to keep Bellingham for his contract.
Liverpool will hope that’s not the case and that this is just posturing from Kehl.