Jude Bellingham has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool over the last few months and it has now been revealed how much it would take to pry him away from Dortmund.
Jurgen Klopp's side are of course not alone in their pursuit of the youngster. Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea are also keeping tabs on Bellingham.
But if any one of those clubs want to formalise their interest in the young superstar, they’d have to fork out a hefty sum of money.
That’s because Dortmund want north of £100 million if they are to consider parting ways with the Englishman.
To be precise, as per The Athletic, a suitable buyer would have to present an offer worth £131.6 million to Dortmund.
Bellingham has gone from strength to strength at Dortmund since joining the Bundesliga outfit for an initial £25 million from Birmingham City in 2020.
He is now an established member of the England national team squad and with Kalvin Phillips struggling for fitness, Bellingham looks nailed on for a start at the World Cup this winter.
And if he has a strong tournament in Qatar, one suspects that hefty £131.6 million price tag will only be driven up further.
From a Liverpool perspective, despite the significant financial blow signing Bellingham would present to the club, the general consensus within the Reds’ fanbase is that it’d be worth the risk.
Liverpool’s midfielder is in dire need of evolution. Issues in that area of the pitch have been evident this season.
Bellingham would add the youth and quality the Liverpool engine so desperately needs.
And Liverpool have a history of showing a willingness to pay the big bucks when they think the right player is available.
The Reds broke records to sign the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, and most recently Darwin Nuñez. If the player is right for them, Liverpool will pay the money.
The reported £131.6 million is of course an astronomical sum, but if Liverpool want to keep themselves consistently towards the top of the Premier League, they might just have to pay the money.
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