Borussia Dortmund have finalised Jude Bellingham's multi-million price tag with a host of Premier League giants keeping close tabs on the England wonderkid.
A £30million signing by the Bundesliga outfit in July 2020, Bellingham, 19, is now one of the most sought-after midfielders on the planet, but with three years left on his contract, a move in the summer transfer window was never a realistic possibility.
Already hampered by Erling Haaland's £51million switch to Manchester City, Dortmund were unwilling to sanction yet another high-profile departure. However, manager Edin Terzic is now set for a plethora of bids next summer.
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According to The Athletic, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all retain a strong interest in the teenager – as do Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp known to be a huge admirer. "He’s not on the market, so that’s the first problem with that player," he said with a smile on his face during the summer transfer window. "Actually, it’s the only problem with this player."
However, the German gaffer's wide grin might be wiped from his face when he realises the Merseysiders will have to stump up a British transfer-record fee if they are serious about bringing Bellingham to Anfield.
The report states the interested parties will need to part ways with £131.6m for the former Birmingham City man, eclipsing the £100m Man City forked out for Jack Grealish during the 2021 summer transfer window. But while interest stirs in the world-class midfielder, Bellingham has refused to fuel interest on his next destination.
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"The club [Dortmund] have done loads for me and made me feel very welcome since I first came and gave me the opportunities to develop even further," he told reporters when quizzed on his future. "To look past that and into the future would be disrespectful."
However, Dortmund's sporting director Sebastian Kehl had admitted the lure of the Premier League would be hard to turn down for the midfielder. "Jude is very happy at the club, he is very committed to us," he told BT Sport.
"Hopefully he can stay, next season and for a long time. We try to keep our best players. Jude is one of those and we try to keep them for as long as possible. But in the end, money is another aspect and England pays a lot more than Germany. We have to renew our philosophy every year."
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