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Liverpool dealt blow regarding pursuit of Jude Bellingham

Liverpool dealt blow regarding pursuit of Jude Bellingham - Liverpool News

Liverpool have been left shocked by the price tag placed on transfer target Jude Bellingham this summer, according to a new update.

The Lowdown: Liverpool desperate for Bellingham

No player has been linked with a move to the Reds more often this season that the 19-year-old, who is surely one of the world’s most sought-after footballers right now and believed to be a top target for the Reds.

Bellingham has been endlessly tipped to seal a transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Liverpool during the summer transfer window, despite reports of Chelsea also being in the mix.

A new update has now emerged regarding the current situation – one that may not go down too well with Liverpool supporters.

The Latest: Real Madrid favourites

According to Cadena SER [via Sport Witness], it is actually Madrid who are the favourites to sign Bellingham at this point, having met ‘face to face twice’ with the Englishman.

It is also claimed that Dortmund are now demanding €150million (£131.7m) for his services this summer, which has ‘shocked’ suitors and ‘annoyed’ the player himself, as it could lead to another season in Germany if nobody is willing to pay up.

Liverpool are now are ‘looking at other players’ in case that amount is deemed too much, while Manchester City will turn their attention to Mateo Kovacic, leaving Madrid in pole position.

The Verdict: Would be a crushing blow

It does feel as though Reds supporters have put all their eggs in the Bellingham basket this summer, so missing out on him now would be an enormous setback.

It does genuinely feel as though Liverpool are the 22-cap England international’s preferred club at the end of the season  – Arsenal legend Thierry Henry suggested as much last week – but this update is clearly a concerning one.

Bellingham is the perfect midfielder imaginable for Jurgen Klopp to bring in and bolster a weak area of the pitch, and while he wouldn’t solve the issues in the middle of the park on his own, he still has the ability to transform it.

The teenager is having another excellent season, scoring ten goals in all competitions for Dortmund and one at the 2022 World Cup, and his all-round brilliance is already so potent.

Not only is Bellingham slick on the ball, registering four assists in the Bundesliga this season, but he also has 2.6 tackles per game in the competition, showing that he is also hugely effective out of possession.

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