Liverpool have a verbal ‘agreement’ with Borussia Dortmund sensation Jude Bellingham and he could even sign in January, sources have told Football Insider.
The German club have made it clear they will not sell the 19-year-old sensation this summer – we first revealed that on 21 April – amid strong interest from clubs led by Liverpool.
But Liverpool have been busy behind the scenes in recent months on having an agreement in place that could see Bellingham join as early as January of next year.
Manager Jurgen Klopp admitted on Friday he is in the market for a late-window midfielder signing after a U-turn prompted by his team’s wretched start to the new season.
That player is not expected to be Bellingham, even though Liverpool have made the capture of the England star a medium-term priority and have been laying the groundwork for a deal for some time.
It would take a monumental offer, the kind of £100million-plus bid owners Fenway Sports Group would be extremely unlikely to authorise – to force a change of stance from Dortmund.
A summer-of-2023 deal is more likely but the Merseysiders have discussed bringing forward a move to January of next next year.
Bellingham has been identified by the Liverpool recruitment team as the dynamic central midfielder capture capable of spearheading the team to the next level.
Extensive talks have been held behind the scenes with the player’s camp and Liverpool are confident they have convinced him to join with a verbal ‘agreement’ already in place.
As revealed by Football Insider (30 March), Dortmund are attempting to convince Bellingham to stay by increasing his salary and also signing his younger brother, the Birmingham winger Jobe Bellingham.
Birmingham have agreed professional terms with Jobe Bellingham, and he will sign the deal when he turns 17 on 23 September.
But the family’s plan is for him to join Dortmund when he has secured more first-team experience in English football.
His more famous elder brother has a contract at the German club that runs until the summer of 2025 and is already one of the star players in their team.
Bellingham had an outstanding 2021-22 campaign, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions.