Liverpool and FSG to address transfer reality as Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham linked again
There is a lot to love about Jude Bellingham. His technical ease. His fervent contagious energy on the pitch. And his unwavering admiration for Steven Gerrard. Not to mention his ability to dictate Champions League and international football matches as a mere teenager.
For many Liverpool fans, Bellingham represents a dream transfer.
However, as rumors circulate that Bellingham is being watched by Liverpool, fans have to come to terms with an uncomfortable truth.
On paper, Bellingham appears to be a fit player for the club system. He is a good presser. He is adept at advancing the ball in the right areas with its distribution and dribbling. And he’s starting to develop a knack for adding goals to his game.
Dubbed as a potential heir to Jordan Henderson, Bellingham can easily overtake the current Liverpool captain given his young age and potential.
But the truth is, Bellingham may already be unattainable for Liverpool given his price and status. And rumors can be just intangible speculation and nothing else.
First of all, it’s important to recognize that in recent years Borussia Dortmund have only let go of one key player at each window.
In 2018, it was Christian Pulisic, then in 2019 it was Abdou Diallo, and this summer Jadon Sancho left Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund have very rarely let two valuable assets go in the same summer.
This means that Bellingham is highly unlikely to move to new pasture next year.
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The summer of 2022 is already preparing for the departure of Erling Haaland, whose £ 68million release clause is expected to be activated.
With elite European clubs lining up to secure the Norwegian striker’s signature, it’s inevitable that Haaland will leave Blacks and Yellows that summer.
This rules out the possibility of Liverpool landing at Bellingham in 2022, meaning the first possible window to secure his signing would be in the summer of 2023.
But by then Dortmund will likely demand an even larger sum in order to part ways with the services of their precious asset.
Liverpool are likely to pay fees at least in the area of United’s Jadon Sancho deal, estimated at around £ 73million. Dortmund could go even higher.
At the moment, it is impossible to see how Liverpool can afford such a figure.
Liverpool’s strategy is to sell to buy. With the club’s current assets, it’s hard to imagine that two years from now Liverpool will be able to accumulate enough funds for Bellingham, while making other additions to the squad.
It is just not in the club’s DNA to pay such a high fee and for this reason Bellingham does not appear to be a feasible option under FSG.
Liverpool will likely look for better value in the market and try to find a cheaper alternative instead.
This is what Liverpool did when they were excluded from their pursuit of Julian Brandt and opted for Mohamed Salah instead. Or when they pulled out of a deal to sign Timo Werner just to bring in Diogo Jota.
In the end, Liverpool fans might not have their favorite man, but missing Bellingham might not be a calamity.