Fabrizio Romano has revealed Borussia Dortmund’s asking price for midfield superstar Jude Bellingham, who Liverpool are long-term admirers of.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Romano emphasised that the 19-year-old is Liverpool’s top target, but a deal may be tough to complete.
Some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Real Madrid are interested in the wonderkid, and unlike the deal that saw Erling Haaland join Manchester City from Dortmund in the summer, Bellingham does not have a release clause in his contract.
“Jude Bellingham is the main target. They know it’s not an easy race because Borussia Dortmund want €150 million, so let’s see how it will all work out,” Romano stated.
“But the price tag will be really important, and also there will be many clubs, including Man City, Chelsea and Madrid fighting for Jude Bellingham.”
Our thoughts on Bellingham and Liverpool…
The €150 million (£130m) price tag would be a British transfer record by some distance, but in the long-run it could be a transfer that pays for itself.
Already one of the top midfielders in the world, Bellingham could transform Liverpool’s midfield with his quality on the ball and in the final third.
He ranks in the top 10% of European midfielders for goals, assists, shot-creating actions, dribbles and attacking penalty area touches as per FBref, and would slot straight into Jurgen Klopp’s side which has been struggling in that part of the pitch this season.
With Jordan Henderson and James Milner ageing, and Naby Keita and Thiago suffering constant fitness issues, the England international is an addition which has been necessary for a while, and he has drawn praise from all corners.
“He’s just so mature for his age, the way he plays, the way he manages his game, he’s world class now. He’s unbelievable,” fellow England star Kieran Trippier claimed of Bellingham on the Under the Cosh podcast.
The fee may be hefty, but if Liverpool can pip the other elite clubs sniffing around the prodigy, then they will be potentially securing a midfielder for the next decade to come.