Reliable German journalist confirms Liverpool’s plans to submit £80m bid to sign player Guardiola called ‘fantastic’

After the Daily Star report that Liverpool are planning an £80million bid for Jude Bellingham, reliable German journalist Patrick Berger has verified the news.

Daily Star reporter Ollie Salt wrote on Tuesday: “Anfield chiefs are preparing a club-record £80million bid for Bellingham next summer, which would make him the most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history.

“Jurgen Klopp believes the 18-year-old would be the perfect fit for his midfield on Merseyside, although Manchester United are likely to provide competition for his signature.”

Dortmund's Norwegian forward Erling Braut Haaland (C) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with Dortmund's English midfielder Jude Bellingham (L) and Dortmund's English midfielder Jadon Sancho during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany, on February 20, 2021.

Now, what was initially an unreliable rumour about an exciting player has now developed into a trustworthy story after the reliable Patrick Berger added his voice to the story albeit with a caveat.

He reported on Twitter: “Liverpool chasing Jude Bellingham. Reports from UK are correct as Klopp is monitoring the midfielder for a potential transfer next summer.

“But position is quite clear: The Bundesliga side don’t want to sell Jude. Contract until 2025 – no release clause.”

Dortmund are in a strong position as they aren’t forced to sell Bellingham as they will be next summer with Erling Haaland when the Norwegian’s £65m release clause comes into play.

Bellingham Haaland

The Germans will be able to haggle over every last penny, add-on and bonus as they did with Manchester United for Jadon Sancho but if Liverpool hope to sign him they should aim to do so before Michael Edwards leaves at the end of next summer.

The sporting director’s contract is in its final year but he could bow out with one final genius deal. Signing Bellingham will be like any other deal though as BVB specialise in extracting massive sums from the biggest clubs in Europe and have done so with Dembele to Barcelona, Sancho to United and they will do the same to Liverpool.

It’s no surprise that Jurgen Klopp is interested in Bellingham as the 18-year-old is an incredible player and operates with the maturity that belies his young age and he’d fit in at Anfield without any fuss.

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Jude Bellingham of England celebrates his side's first goal scored by team mate Bukayo Saka during the international friendly match between England and Austria at Riverside Stadium on June 02, 2021 in Middlesbrough, England.

His performances for Dortmund last season were superb and he was particularly impressive against Manchester City in the Champions League and with better luck and a slightly better referee, he’d have had a goal against the Premier League side and perhaps have progressed to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Liverpool are European royalty and so will be delighted if they can sign the young midfielder especially if he can go on and get some more experience in UEFA’s elite competition.

Following the first leg, in which Bellingham was denied a goal, Pep Guardiola was effusive in his praise for the then 17-year-old.

“I can’t believe it, maybe he’s a liar!” he exclaimed. “He’s so good for 17 years old, he’s a fantastic player. There was one moment when he didn’t get the ball from central defenders, how he shouts and demands that ball to him at 17 means a lot.”

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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