Liverpool dealt blow in race for Jude Bellingham

Ornstein has reported that Real Madrid and Manchester City are in a stronger position.

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow in the pursuit of Jude Bellingham as highly respected football journalist David Ornstein has reported that as things stands Liverpool are highly unlikely to sign Jude Bellingham this summer.

Writing this morning for The Athletic, Ornstein has reported that Liverpool are unlikely to get into a bidding war with Real Madrid and Manchester City, therefore the aforementioned clubs are in a stronger position.

Ornstein reported today:

“As there isn’t a release clause in Bellingham’s deal, his employers have no obligation to sell, and that is among the reasons why it is anticipated it will take a very high price to alter their stance.

That makes a deal challenging for every interested party and therefore — as things stand — it is regarded as increasingly unlikely that Liverpool will sign Bellingham in this summer’s transfer window.

The 19-time English champions have probably been more heavily linked than anyone else and manager Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer. But the anticipated fee, the financial power of rival suitors and their reticence about entering a bidding war at the level expected has cast significant doubt on Liverpool’s chances.

It does not mean their pursuit is off and no firm decisions have been made, although sources with knowledge of the matter think City and Real Madrid are in stronger positions at the moment.

Considering Liverpool will finish this season empty-handed in terms of trophies (other than August’s Community Shield victory over City), sit seven points outside the Champions League spots after 26 of their 38 games, have expiring contracts and are ageing in parts of the squad, some major calls are approaching, and recruitment work is taking place on multiple fronts and with various options.”

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