31 Jul 2022
According to Football Insider, Premier League giants Liverpool are closing in on an agreement for Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have an eye for talent and have earmarked Bellingham as someone to keep tabs on. Dortmund are not ready to sell their star man despite Liverpool’s insistence on holding talks but that could now be about to change. Liverpool appear to have given up any hope of bringing in the youngster this summer. They are keen to play the long game and are ready to work out a deal that will see Bellingham move to Anfield in the summer of 2023. Getting the proposition over the line will hand the Merseysiders their man while also permitting Dortmund to keep him for another season.
Such a move is not unprecedented, especially for Liverpool. The Reds struck a deal to bring Naby Keita from RB Leipzig a year in advance, allowing them to focus their attention elsewhere and prevent it from turning into a saga. Repeating the same to land Bellingham would be a bigger deal and could pay huge dividends down the line.
The 19-year-old’s contract at Dortmund runs until 2025, giving the German giants enough breathing space in negotiations. They are ready to increase Bellingham’s salary and also bring in his younger brother, Jobe into the club’s wings to convince him to stay put. Whether it will all be for nought remains to be seen.