Real Madrid are in the race to sign Jude Bellingham this summer, but they are not willing to spend more than €100m (£88m) on the England midfielder, according to reports in Spain.
Spanish outlet AS report that they have set themselves a spending limit on the Englishman of £88m, which is good news for Liverpool and Manchester City as it could easily rule Los Blancos out of the running.
Borussia Dortmund are thought to want somewhere closer to €120m (£105m) for the teenager, which Liverpool and Manchester City may be willing to stretch to, but Real Madrid reportedly will not.
This means that Manchester City are seemingly the Reds’ only competition for Bellingham this summer, and with the 19-year-old likely to be more of a key figure at Anfield given the state of their current midfield, things are looking up for Jurgen Klopp and co.
However, there is still the possibility that Bellingham does not sign for any of the aforementioned sides and stays with BVB.
BILD report that Dortmund are offering Bellingham a huge pay increase to £13m-per-year, with a release clause of £131m.
Given Madrid’s unwillingness to spend this summer and it clear Liverpool need a rebuild before they are challenging at the top level again, Bellingham may be convinced to take Dortmund’s deal and stay in Germany for another year or two.