Liverpool are one of many clubs interested in Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham, it has been confirmed.
The 18-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best teenagers in world football, having established himself as a Bundesliga star.
Already an England international, the midfielder has delivered performances well beyond his years in the Champions League, and it’s no surprise that some of Europe’s top clubs are interested.
Dortmund’s player licensing department director Sebastian Kehl has confirmed the Reds are among those teams.
He told Sport1: “There is a lot of interest around Jude Bellingham, not just Liverpool.”
Kehl added: “But there is no net result and no exit clause.”
As Jadon Sancho’s £ 67million sale to Manchester United showed, the Dortmund model is focused on buying young talent on the cheap, developing and selling them for a huge profit.
Erling Haaland is set to leave next summer when his £ 68million release clause is activated, but the club have no obligation to sell Bellingham, whose deal runs until 2025.
Having signed him from Birmingham for just £ 25million in 2020, BILD reports that Dortmund have put a price tag of £ 101million on the Englishman for any potential suitors.
And he’s already a big favorite in Germany where he left people stunned by a recent solo goal.
Journalist Lars Siversten recently told talkSPORT that even the Bundesliga giants are shocked by the quality of Bellingham at such a young age.
“They saw him as a rough diamond that they could turn into a top midfielder,” said Sivertsen. “Someone who had all the ingredients.
“But he came in and he was almost ready from day one.
“He’s playing in the midfield for what is a great European team like he’s 31 years old.
“The kid is still 18, he’s so good at a range of different things in terms of ball quality and passing range, but he’s also not afraid to get stuck, he’s got that kind of maturity that he is. ‘he’s so confident and comfortable in his position.