Liverpool are ‘closing in’ on the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham in the near future, according to former Premier League striker Noel Whelan.
The Lowdown: Bellingham saga
Few players have been more endlessly linked with a move to Anfield in recent months than Bellingham, who is seen as one of the world’s most exciting young footballers.
The 19-year-old has decided to stay put at Dortmund for another season but it looks all but certain that he will be move on once next summer comes around, with a major bidding war expected.
There will be a fierce battle to sign Bellingham, given his vast potential, but Liverpool certainly appear to be one of the front-runners.
The Latest: Whelan drops fresh claim
Football Insider claimed last week that the Reds have a ‘verbal agreement’ with the player for a move in 2023, and speaking to the same outlet, former BBC Radio pundit Whelan claims that Bellingham would indeed end up joining the Reds:
“It suggests to me that Liverpool are closing in on what would be the sensational signing of Jude Bellingham. Arthur is a good player, and he was available after losing his place at Juventus, but he is not the long-term answer for Klopp.
“It’s a temporary deal to tide him over until he gets the midfielder he really want, which is obviously Bellingham.
“It’s clear Liverpool need a dynamic young midfielder who can replace Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Thiago [Alcantara], who have all been great players for them.
“Bellingham fits the bill perfectly. He is already a top-class player and he will get even better as he becomes more experienced. I’m expecting to see him in a Liverpool shirt at some point next year.”
The Verdict: Surely it happens?
Liverpool and Bellingham feel perfectly suited to one another, with the England international’s style of play perfect for the Reds, whether it be his technical skills, work ethic or athletic traits.
It feels like a move that will happen, despite interest from other top clubs, and it has the potential to be one of Liverpool’s most important signings in years, as a new-look midfield is slowly built.
Should Jurgen Klopp not sign Bellingham after this slow summer, it would feel like an almighty blow, with the teenager someone who could be a fulcrum of the team for the next decade, potentially maturing into one of the best players on the planet.
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