Liverpool are becoming ‘increasingly unlikely’ to land Jude Bellingham this summer, despite the Borussia Dortmund man being keen on a move to the club, according to reports.
Bellingham’s 150m euro price tag has been seen as too steep for the Reds to manage, with David Ornstein reporting that ‘it is regarded as increasingly unlikely that Liverpool will sign Bellingham in this summer’s transfer window’ as a result.
The Athletic previously claimed that Jurgen Klopp ‘is more likely to spend big on him [Bellingham] than sign two players with the same money’, with the likes of Mason Mount and Matheus Nunes both having been linked with moves to Anfield in recent weeks.
For his part, Bellingham is ‘a huge admirer of Klopp and Liverpool’, which has left ‘some involved in the Bellingham pursuit feeling this is Liverpool’s deal to lose’ should they be able to find the fee.
That is proving difficult, however, and as a result it is added that ‘sources with knowledge of the matter think City and Real Madrid are in stronger positions at the moment’ as the bidding war for Bellingham’s signature heats up.
Manchester United were even reported to have entered the transfer race for the England star, and Liverpool’s exit from the Champions League will not have helped matters. As it stands, Klopp’s side sit seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, but have two games in hand on the lilywhites, though Newcastle are six points clear of Liverpool having played the same number of games.
It means that the chances of appearing in next year’s Champions League are low, with a Europa League slot seemingly more likely at present, something that may have an impact on Bellingham’s final destination should he move on this summer.
Liverpool have been linked with plenty of alternatives, with the likes of Mason Mount, Moises Caicedo, Declan Rice and Matheus Nunes all rumoured to be on the wishlist of Jurgen Klopp this summer.