According to Football Insider, Liverpool have been informed by Borussia Dortmund that Jude Bellingham is not for sale this summer.
The lowdown: Interest building
Since making the switch to Germany, Bellingham has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence and is now a regular for the Bundesliga side and England despite his tender years.
The Reds have been extensively linked with the 18-year-old midfielder for some time now and a big-money swoop had appeared to be on the horizon.
However, an immediate move may well have been taken off the cards if this latest update is anything to go by.
The latest: FI drop a major update
As per an FI recruitment source, Dortmund have informed both Liverpool and Manchester United that the teenage sensation ‘will not be sold’ this summer.
The report claims that the Anfield club and arch-rivals United have made contact about signing the 12-cap England starlet.
But, as Jurgen Klopp’s former employers prepare themselves for the departure of Erling Haaland, there is said to be ‘no intention’ of allowing the midfielder once hailed as ‘phenomenal’ by Gareth Southgate to follow suit.
The verdict: Worth the wait
The prospect of no summer move being forthcoming for Bellingham is undoubtedly a disappointing one for Liverpool as Klopp and incoming sporting director Julian Ward are likely to attempt to strengthen the midfield department.
With current incumbents, James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Thiago all over 30 and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain stuck on the periphery of matters, signing a truly supreme star of the future such as the ex-Birmingham academy prospect – who can operate in various roles – would’ve been the ideal option to bolster the Anfield ranks.
Now the recruitment team and indeed FSG face the dilemma of whether to move on to different targets or wait for the Englishman.
Statistics on this don’t lie and Bellingham has scored six times and registered 11 assists in 40 appearances this season – we feel he would be worth the wait.
In other news, one Liverpool player has been backed to leave this summer. Find out who it is here.
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