Borussia Dortmund will only sell Liverpool target Jude Bellingham for a club-record fee, according to 90min.
The Bundesliga leaders have never given up hope of extending the 19-year-old’s deal, and the club appear optimistic he will remain at the Signal Iduna Park until next summer.
However, if the midfielder makes it clear he wants to leave at the end of the season, BVB won’t stand in his way.
Their condition is, though, that he will only be sold for a club-record transfer fee.
This means they are demanding in excess of the £127m they received from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele in 2017.
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, the Reds are still in the race to land the England international this summer.
Bellingham will cost more than £127m
In recent days, it has been claimed Liverpool are increasingly unlikely to sign Bellingham, due to the financial power of rival clubs Manchester City and Real Madrid.
However, the whole way through this process – even when the Reds were touted as the front-runners – the club would have known the fee needed to sign the midfielder.
It has always been rumoured to be over £100m, more than likely reaching the £130m mark.
Therefore, this news shouldn’t have changed anything regarding Liverpool’s approach.
For a ‘world-class’ teenager, this was always known to be the case.
Subsequently, if the club proceed to claim that they can no longer afford the transfer fee, then they’re straight up lying.