Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are set to land Jude Bellingham ahead of Real Madrid.
FSG have confirmed they are looking for new investors, having controlled the Reds since 2010. In that time the club have won a Champions League and Premier League title – but the US owners may not be done their work on Merseyside just yet.
Liverpool have edged out Real Madrid in the race for Jude Bellingham and may well close the deal before FSG sell the club.
Reports corroborated by Mark (opens in a new tab) and ESPN James Olley (opens in a new tab) say Liverpool are ‘all in’ for Borussia Dortmund star Bellingham with Real Madrid struggling to compete. Los Blancos apparently view the deal as ‘complicated’.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are also all interested in Bellingham, with another Mark (opens in a new tab) report stating that estimates of Bellingham costing £130m are way off – and the England international could be worth around £87m. It comes as Jurgen Klopp admitted the Reds could have been content with signing another player this summer.
“I’m not a big fan of looking back, saying ‘if we had done that, it would have changed everything’,” Klopp said Sky sports.
“I think it’s clear that another player in specific positions would certainly have helped us at times. But our problems are not because we miss a player. You can’t prepare for everything. Although it’s wild and irrational at times, I think we’ve got to get through this. We’ll get through this.”
Liverpool have long been interested in Bellingham, who plays for Klopp’s former club Dortmund. The teenage star has denied he was thinking about his future, despite persistent rumors that he will leave the Bundesliga in 2023.
Bellingham is valued at around 90 million euros on transfer market (opens in a new tab).
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