Liverpool transfer target Jude Bellingham is set to reject a contract extension at Borussia Dortmund, according to the Daily Star.
The Bundesliga outfit are keen to keep hold of the 19-year-old.
As a result, they will offer to double the midfielder’s salary to £180,000-a-week.
However, nobody at the German club believes that will be enough to persuade the youngster to stay. Instead, they are resigned to the fact he will probably leave them in the summer.
This move is expected to spark a five-club battle for his signature, with Liverpool and Manchester City currently leading the race.
Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea are also interested in the England international.
However, the Sky Blues are quietly confident they will be the ones to land the in-demand player at the end of the season.
Bellingham to reject new deal at Dortmund
Although this is good news for Liverpool, the difficulty was never going to be luring the teenager away from Dortmund.
Instead, the challenge ahead was always going to be convincing the player to make the move to Anfield over the likes of the Bernabeu and the Etihad.
Just a few months ago, the Reds appeared to be in a strong position to land Bellingham.
However, after an extremely poor start to the season, fans will be worried this lead may be slipping.
The likes of Madrid and Man City can guarantee the midfielder trophies, whereas this success may not be so imminent on Merseyside.
If Liverpool can get the backing they need to fix the issues in their squad, this process may be faster than expected. However, this may be a risk for the 19-year-old, who will want to play at the best level he can.
Hailed as a ‘special’ player by former Red Michael Owen, FSG and co need to promise Klopp and Bellingham that the club will do all they can to fix the mess they’re currently in.
Otherwise, Liverpool may lose their spot as the frontrunners to his signature.