REPORT: ‘Some feel it is Liverpool’s deal to lose’

The Athletic have outlined Liverpool’s chances of signing Bellingham.

The Athletic have wrote a detailed analysis on the clubs interested in signing Jude Bellingham.

It has been widely reported that Borussia Dortmund will let their star man leave this summer.

Jurgen Klopp has publicly praised the 19-year-old on occasions.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City, and possibly Barcelona will be interested in the England international in the summer according to The Athletic.

The report this morning by David Orstein, Raphael Honigstein, and Mario Cortegena has stated that “some feel it is Liverpool’s deal to lose”.

Interestingly, it is reported that Jurgen Klopp would rather spend big on Jude Bellingham than buy two players for the same money.

“Bellingham is Liverpool’s No 1 target for the summer as they look to rebuild a midfield in need of an injection of quality and youth. The heavy defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday was proof of that.

Cody Gakpo’s arrival in January showed the ownership are happy to invest in the squad despite the club being on the market/looking for investment, but the fee Dortmund want would be almost twice Liverpool’s club-record transfer, so whether they have the money or not is to be seen.

Nevertheless, Klopp has been impressed by Bellingham and is more likely to spend big on him than sign two players with the same money

Bellingham is a huge admirer of Klopp and Liverpool, and several sources have insisted he wouldn’t necessarily be put off by the club’s recent blip.

In theory, Bellingham’s style means he would contribute well in Klopp’s system. He is a box-to-box player who helps decide games. One recurring theme in all the conversations for this article is that Bellingham is hugely intelligent and will think long-term — picking the right move is more important to him than a potential year without Champions League football. After Liverpool’s Real Madrid defeat, that scenario looks increasingly likely.

Another potential advantage for Liverpool is Klopp’s relationship with his former club. And with Liverpool’s director of football Julian Ward soon to depart, the manager’s role in trying to secure Bellingham could be particularly crucial.

Some involved in the Bellingham pursuit feel this is Liverpool’s deal to lose, but the money needed and Liverpool’s indifferent form may yet prove too big a barrier.”

Liverpool face stiff competition from Real Madrid. Real’s classy performance at Anfield will not have gone unnoticed by Bellingham.

“Real Madrid have definitely held informal and positive talks with Bellingham’s camp, as they do with many players they are interested in”, according to today’s article.

The report also outlines Manchester City’s chances of signing Jude Bellingham.

“City are not believed to be favourites for Bellingham but the Premier League champions are certainly interested in him.

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