Ben Jacobs has confirmed that Liverpool are not out of the running to sign Jude Bellingham this summer
This follows a report from The Athletic’s David Ornstein, who concluded that the Reds are ‘increasingly unlikely’ to sign the Englishman due to financial constraints.
Having said that, the club’s early work with the player’s father, Mark, could prove beneficial in the long run.
“To date, Liverpool has done the most legwork, including developing close ties with Bellingham’s father Mark.” And, from what I understand, Liverpool is still in the race. The lack of Champions League football, however, will have an impact on Liverpool’s budget,” the CBS Sports journalist exclusively revealed to CaughtOffside.
“Jurgen Klopp is very interested in Bellingham, so Liverpool has not given up.” And there has long been a belief that their project is the right fit.
“Unfortunately, this season hasn’t gone as planned, and that could still have an impact, which is why other clubs’ chances are being discussed.”
With Real Madrid and Manchester City in stronger financial positions – and even more so if we fail to secure Champions League football for the coming season – our best chance of beating the competition is to make inroads with the 19-year-family old’s and present a superior project.
With Carlo Ancelotti’s future at Los Blancos uncertain and almost certainly dependent on any potential success in Europe, uncertainty is unlikely to help Los Blancos’ case in the market.
The notable availability of several up and coming quality midfielders will also have Bellingham and his family worried about the amount of game time he’s likely to get up front.
Perhaps that is an obstacle the Sky Blues will be able to overcome if both Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan leave the club in the summer, as some have speculated.
That being said, it’s no secret that Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of the player, viewing him as his No.1 summer target, and will more than likely be willing to build his midfield around the Borussia Dortmund star if he decides to join Liverpool.
Whatever happens, we know that the player and his family will have considered the big picture before making a decision – a process that Liverpool should not be afraid of, no matter how bad our current season has been.