Liverpool are now “frontrunners” to sign Borussia Dortmund’s teenage sensation Jude Bellingham next summer, alongside La Liga champions Real Madrid.
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Despite the likes of Todd-Boehly-owned-Chelsea being linked with a move for the former Birmingham City star, the reporter states that it is Liverpool and Real Madrid who currently stand at the front of the queue for his services.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jacobs said: “The frontrunners at the moment are Liverpool and Real Madrid, and Real Madrid are taking some heart from the fact that Bellingham isn’t really discussing signing a new deal at Dortmund yet.
“They see that as part of the plan with a view to 2023, and then Liverpool have put in a lot of leg-work. So Liverpool and Real Madrid are the two frontrunners.”
Front of the queue
Jacobs’ latest update on Bellingham will be like music to the ears of the Liverpool faithful, though it will not be completely straightforward.
With Real Madrid also deemed “frontrunners” for the Dortmund ace’s signature, it does indeed add a layer of complication.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be looking for long-term successors for the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, with the former especially, considering that he is now in his late thirties.
The signings of Eduardo Camavinga and, previous Liverpool target, Aurelien Tchouameni have brought youth to an ageing midfield, but there is most certainly a place for Bellingham in the heart of the Los Blancos engine room – a proposition that could prove very tempting if the Spanish giants come calling.
And whilst there is an equally guaranteed place in Jurgen Klopp’s engine room, it will of course depend on the trajectory of the club come the end of the season.
If Liverpool continue their torrid time of late, a move to Anfield could prove too risky for the 19-year-old at that particular stage of his career.
It’s about building momentum at this point, something he has done brilliantly since he burst onto the scene with Birmingham City.
There is no doubt that Bellingham’s name will be on the lips of Europe’s elite as we approach next summer’s transfer window, but the latest report is of course a big positive for Liverpool who are crying out for a maestro of the England international’s quality.
Bellingham is valued at a fee of £158m, as per CIES Football Observatory.