Liverpool are preparing an offer of £70 million for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.
Now, according to El Nacional, the Merseyside club will make a mega move next summer for the 19-year-old.
The report suggests that Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool hierarchy were desperate to land Aurelien Tchouameni this summer prior to his move to Real Madrid, and the German boss sees Bellingham as the next best alternative to the French midfielder.
The Champions League finalists have struggled in the middle of the park so far this season, with many injuries forcing the club into signing Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus on deadline day.
Reports have emerged that no decision has been made on whether Liverpool will activate the purchase option they have in their deal for the Brazilian, but there is a feeling that even if they do, it will not affect their pursuit of another midfielder or two in 2023.
With the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and James Milner all on the wrong side of 30, and Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s contracts expiring at the end of the season, this department will need to be addressed in future windows.
Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho represent promising options in the long-term, but more will need to be added to the currently ageing cohort of midfielders at Anfield.
The Reds reportedly enquired about the signing of Bellingham in the summer, but Dortmund were unwilling to sell both the former Birmingham man and Erling Haaland in the same window.
Bellingham will be the subject of interest from a host of European clubs in 2023, with Real Madrid and Manchester City having already been linked with the player.
This stiff competition will make convincing him to join Liverpool difficult, but Klopp may opt to sell the idea of being the figurehead of the rebuild of a historic club.
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