Jude Bellingham cancelled a meeting with Borussia Dortmund amidst talk of a move to Liverpool, according to reports. The Reds aren’t the only side in this race.
This comes from AS in Spain. They report that Jude Bellingham was set to have a meeting with Borussia Dortmund in early January.
Sportbild reported on this planned meeting back during the World Cup. Bellingham was set to tell the club that he wanted to leave in the summer and that plans to sell him could start.
However, AS report that the meeting never happened. It was Bellingham himself who called it off, too – though, there’s no obvious reason for why.
The report does make it clear, though, that Liverpool are firmly in the race to sign him. Real Madrid join them, with no other teams mentioned in the running.
AS believe that Jurgen Klopp’s relationship with Borussia Dortmund is a massive advantage for the Reds, too. Real have their own relationship with the club – but nothing like Klopp’s.
It could be something that makes negotiating quite routine for Liverpool.
Jude Bellingham and Liverpool
We do wonder if the meeting, at this stage, was unnecessary. It feels unlikely that Bellingham would still be between minds when it comes to moving, after all.
It’s possible but he’s arguably the most in-demand player on the planet right now. The 19-year-old is set to make a massive move to a huge club and earn a lot of money doing it. Maybe he sees another year at Dortmund as being beneficial – but it feels unlikely.
Florian Plettenberg discussed the transfer this week. He claims the absolute minimum price is around £88m and that Liverpool might lead this race. It’s something Fabrizio Romano echoes.
Bellingham’s transfer will dominate 2023 for Liverpool. It’s one they absolutely have to get done at this point – failure would be an absolute disaster.