Jude Bellingham has reportedly made a decision on his Borussia Dortmund future after the German outfit was ejected from the Europa League by Rangers.
The Scottish outfit beat Dortmund 6-4 on aggregate to make it to the Round of 16 and the young Englishman was the centre of the spotlight as Erling Halaand was sidelined with an injury.
The midfielder was criticised for screaming at Dortmund teammate, Nico Schulz, and while it may have been out of line for him to act like that, it speaks to his desire to win and as a young player, he has time to learn.
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Unfortunately, if Liverpool were keen on signing him this summer as reports have told us at various points over the last few months, they will need to change his mind as the player has reportedly decided to stay at Borussia Dortmund for another season.
Caught Offside reported in the January transfer window that Liverpool are aiming for an ‘ambitious’ swoop for the young star.
Bild, via Bulinews, claim that the teenager does not have a release clause in his contract which will make reaching an agreement with Dortmund over a fee very difficult.
The midfielder has reportedly committed himself to playing next season with Dortmund as well which rules out a move to Anfield.
While it would be disappointing to not sign the English talent, that would only be the case if another club like Chelsea or Manchester United stepped up and signed him instead.
But if he stays at Dortmund it’s not the end of the world.
In fact, it would help his value creep down before an eventual move to Merseyside where he would arrive as a 20-year-old with a shocking wealth of experience under his belt but he would cost Liverpool around £100million now.
Liverpool have never signed a player at that price point and the owners haven’t shown any real desire to rush into the club’s first-ever £100m purchase so I imagine they will look for every opportunity to bring Bellingham’s price down if they’re genuinely interested.
The fact that every major club in Europe is interested doesn’t help as it inflates his price but there seems to be a consensus that the former Birmingham City midfielder will be a world-class player in a few years’ time.
For that, you have to pay a premium. With Liverpool’s midfield options ageing and with a Georginio Wijnaldum replacement yet to be signed, Bellingham would be a fantastic player at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal.