Liverpool are ‘no longer favorites in the race for Jude Bellingham’ after being leapfrogged by Real Madrid – with Jurgen Klopp and Co rating their chances of signing him ‘MODERATE’ – as Spanish giants grow increasingly confident of sealing £100m-PLUS deal
Liverpool sense they have fallen behind Real Madrid in the race to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund next summer, according to reports in Germany.
Bellingham cemented his status as the hottest property in world football at the World Cup, where he produced a string of breathtaking displays before England were beaten by France in the quarter-finals.
Prior to the tournament, the 19-year-old was already attracting serious interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, meaning his stunning form out in Qatar has only boosted his price tag.
Liverpool sense they have fallen behind Real Madrid in the race to sign Jude Bellingham
Reports claim Jurgen Klopp and Co rate their chances of signing Bellingham as ‘moderate’
Reports previously suggested that Liverpool were frontrunners to sign him next summer, with ESPN claiming the Merseyside club were preparing the framework for a deal after forming a good relationship with his representatives.
However, earlier this week it emerged that Madrid believed they were closest to getting their hands on Bellingham after edging ahead of the ever-growing pack of suits.
According to The Sun, Los Blancos are confident that the Birmingham academy graduate is headed for the Spanish capital in 2023, and the draw of playing for world football’s most decorated club could be too hard to turn down.
Amid Real’s determination to bring him to the Bernabeu, German publication Bild are reporting that Liverpool also sense they have lost ground in the race to sign him.
Jurgen Klopp and Anfield chiefs are said to rate their chances of posing him away from Dortmund as ‘moderate’, coming as another major boost to Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side feel the draw of becoming a Madrid icon will work in their favor
Bellingham cemented his status as the hottest property in world football at the World Cup
As well as Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Manchester City have also been circular and could yet throw their hat in the ring to beat both Madrid and Liverpool to the player.
Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi also admitted his interest in Bellingham earlier this month, saying: ‘Everybody wants him, I’m not going to hide it.’
Nevertheless, it is believed that PSG are no longer in the running to sign the Dortmund wonderkid, meaning three clubs will battle it out for his signature.
Klopp is on the hunt for a new midfielder at Liverpool and has also pinpointed Argentina World Cup winner Enzo Fernandez as a potential target, while Morocco’s Sofyan Amrabat is another player on his radar.
The 19-year-old is seen by Madrid as the ideal successor for veteran midfielder Luka Modric
As for Madrid, they are searching for Luka Modric’s successor in the middle of the park with the 37-year-old out of contract next summer.
City do not require midfield reinforcements as desperately given Pep Guardiola is blessed with the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva, Rodri and Ilkay Gundogan.
But the Premier League champions are always keen to strengthen and have admired Bellingham for some time.
Since arriving at Dortmund in 2020, Bellingham has racked up 112 appearances and even taken on the captaincy, scoring 21 goals and assisting 19 more in the process.