Borussia Dortmund are not expected to cash in on Jude Bellingham on anything less than €100 million amid Liverpool, Manchester City links.
A new report from SportBild has cited claims from England surrounding the future of Jude Bellingham. It means the interest of Manchester City and Liverpool, who are even willing to fork out €93 million for the youngster, as Jurgen Klopp grows desperate to sign a long-term replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum.
However, Borussia Dortmund have no intention of offloading Bellingham, with the midfielder not having any release clause in his contract that expires in 2025. The Bundesliga giants are not expected to entertain any offers below the €100 million mark.
It will be a massive blow for Liverpool, who have stepped up their pursuit of a new midfielder following a stale summer transfer window that saw them only sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig. It appears Klopp is keen on adding more juice to his midfield unit, in particular, with most of his star players in Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho nearing the final phase of their respective careers.
Bellingham has emerged as an ideal option due to his box to box quality and a commendable mentality that has already made him a fan-favourite in Dortmund. The young midfielder has also performed well at the highest level of football, emerging as one of the most talented teenagers in world football.
However, a hefty fee of over €100 million may deter Liverpool, if they are to maintain their financial structure. As such, they have already identified Mikel Merino as a potential alternative.
The same cannot be said for Manchester City, who recently spent a fortune to bring in Jack Grealish from Aston Villa. It won’t be surprising to see them splash the cash once again next summer, this time for Jude Bellingham, as Pep Guardiola continues his search for a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.
That said, the Sky Blues will primarily be looking for a new striker next summer and are likely to revisit their pursuit of Harry Kane. Dortmund star Erling Haaland is another option for Manchester City, although a lot depends on how the Bundesliga giants approach the reported release clause.
As for Bellingham, he is happy with his life in Germany and is expected to remain at Borussia Dortmund for a few years before making the next step in his career.