Liverpool told two factors will make Bellingham deal ‘increasingly difficult’; BVB dealt ‘bitter’ blow
Liverpool have been warned that two factors will make a deal for Jude Bellingham ‘increasingly difficult’ amid interest from Real Madrid and Man City.
Jurgen Klopp has made it clear that Liverpool intend to strengthen in midfield this summer.
Bellingham is their top target but they face competition from Real Madrid and Man City in the race for the talented teenager.
The England international is under contract until 2025 and clubs will likely have to pay over £100m to lure him away from Dortmund.
Liverpool have been considered the favourites to sign Bellingham of late, as the Premier League club are ‘growing in confidence’.
But Christian Falk is reporting that Bellingham’s father has met with Real Madrid on multiple occasions. He also notes that a move to Anfield will become ‘increasingly difficult’ if the Spanish giants are ‘serious and Liverpool are not ready to make a good offer soon’.
‘Yes, Jude Bellingham’s father is speaking to Real Madrid and yes, he has met with the Spanish outfit,’ Falk wrote for Caught Offside.
‘This hasn’t just taken place in London, as has been reported, but also the week before in the Spanish capital. But the important thing is that Jude himself has not yet made a decision and there’s still yet to be talks with Dortmund.
‘Liverpool are still in the running, though it’s important to note that if Real are serious and the Reds aren’t ready to make a good offer soon, it will become an increasingly difficult situation for the latter.
‘Jurgen Klopp has already admitted to himself: When it comes to money, Jude doesn’t stand a chance. That all being said, Bellingham isn’t motivated solely by money.’
Dortmund would prefer to keep Bellingham beyond this season and they would like him to sign a new contract. But Falk adds that their Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea ‘could still have unpleasant consequences’.
‘Ultimately, it’s a bit of a bitter situation for Borussia Dortmund; the German outfit can’t keep up either in terms of sporting or monetary offerings with Real and Liverpool,’ Falk added.
‘The missed quarter-final bonus of €10.6m, if they had managed to progress past Chelsea, could still have unpleasant consequences – Dortmund could have used the money for the Bellingham poker game.
‘With this extra cash, it would have been easier for BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke and the club’s sports director, Sebastian Kehl, to be able to keep their superstar prodigy beyond the summer with a lavish wage increase – the club was thinking of giving Bellingham a salary of €15m a year. This prospective deal is now looking a challenge to arrange, as he currently already earns around €6m in Dortmund.’
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