Liverpool will not sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham this time around but he is a definite option for 2023, reliable journalist James Pearce has confirmed.
The Lowdown: Bellingham rumours galore
The Reds’ summer business looks like it may already be done for another transfer window, following the additions of Fabio Carvalho, Darwin Nunez and Calvin Ramsay.
One player who has been continually linked with a move is Bellingham, however, with the 19-year-old considered one of Europe’s hottest young prospects.
Despite this, it looks as though Liverpool will have to wait before they have a chance of signing him.
The Latest: Pearce drops key update
Writing for The Athletic on Monday, Pearce stated that the Reds wouldn’t be signing Bellingham this summer but he is a ‘serious option’ in 2023.
The England international’s current Dortmund contract expires in the summer of 2025 and the Bundesliga giants are not willing to sell him now, following the departure of Erling Haaland to Manchester City.
The Verdict: Next summer nailed on?
While it is a shame not to see Bellingham be available this summer, if he ends up joining Liverpool next year it could be well worth the wait.
He looks like a special talent with an enormous future ahead of him – he has been hailed as ‘fantastic’ by Mats Hummels – and he could eventually take Jordan Henderson’s spot in the Reds’ midfield.
For now, Jurgen Klopp should have enough midfield quality at his disposal, with the likely first choice three of Fabinho, Thiago and Henderson joined by the likes of Naby Keita, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carvalho.
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