Liverpool key to Bellingham’s ‘career plan’ but huge €150m transfer is not happening for two reasons

Liverpool-linked Bellingham Credit: Alamy
Liverpool-linked Bellingham Credit: Alamy

According to reports, Jude Bellingham’s ‘career plan’ initially centred around Liverpool but two factors are preventing him from moving to Anfield.

The England international has been heavily linked with Liverpool over the past year and it is well-known that they are in the market for two or three midfielders this summer.

Liverpool are big admirers of Bellingham but his value has skyrocketed this season as a result of his stunning performances for Dortmund and at the World Cup with England.

The Premier League are limited financially compared to some of their rivals so they decided to drop out of the race for Bellingham, who is now expected to join Real Madrid.

Liverpool are instead planning to use their funds to recruit several players with Brighton and Hove Albion’s Alexis Mac Allister and Chelsea’s Mason Mount among their targets.

German journalist Christian Falk has now broken down the Bellingham situation. He has revealed that the midfielder ‘imagined playing for Liverpool for a few years’ before ‘moving to Real Madrid’.

This will not be happening because Liverpool ‘don’t have the money’ for Bellingham this summer and his father – Mark Bellingham – ‘wants to finalise things’ before next season.

‘Liverpool don’t have the money for Jude Bellingham and Manchester City were never an option for the Dortmund player, so Real Madrid had a clear path,’ Falk wrote for Caught Offside.

‘Transfer negotiations between the Spaniards and Bellingham’s agent/father Mark are now really speeding up, however, no offer has yet been received from Real Madrid. Two of the parties agree, but nothing will happen without the agreement of the third. Behind closed doors, however, BVB bosses assume that things could be agreed with Real in the near future.

‘I heard that Bellingham imagined playing for Liverpool for a few years before making the move to Real Madrid. That was the career plan but Liverpool didn’t have the money for this deal.

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‘Bellingham has always thought highly of Los Blancos, and the talks with the Spaniards convinced him to move there, dissuading him from moving back to England in the process.

‘Those responsible at Real are planning a visit to Dortmund, whilst Mark Bellingham, who manages his son’s career as director of his own company, ‘BelloBall LTD,’ definitely wants to finalise things this summer.’

Falk also points out that Dortmund are still ‘waiting for Real Madrid’s offer’ and they are holding out for a potential total fee of €150m.

‘Now Dortmund are waiting for Real Madrid’s offer. They want a fixed amount of €120m which could rise to €150m, and as they’ve shown in the past with Dembele, Sancho and others, they have precise expectations when it comes to transfer fees and they’ll stick to them.’

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