Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘agrees’ with board on transfer priority

Jurgen Klopp reacts to Liverpool's win over Napoli

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has convinced the club’s hierarchy to prioritise a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund playmaker Jude Bellingham ahead of next season, according to reports. The Reds are said to be in the market for a new first-choice midfielder after being left short in the position due to injuries in recent months, with Bellingham thought to be among their top targets.

The England ace is said to have been admired for a number of years by those in power at Liverpool, who tried to sign him as a youth player back in 2012 before he eventually opted to continue his development at Birmingham City. It seems as though the Reds will go back in for Bellingham when the bidding opens at the end of the season, with Klopp and the board in agreement that he should be targeted as a priority signing, according to the print edition of Bild.

It is claimed that Liverpool have already set aside a fee of around £86million to put towards a move for Bellingham, who remains contracted to Dortmund until the summer of 2025 as things stand. However, the German heavyweights are unlikely to accept such an offer in order to hold out for at least £128m, which they believe is a truer reflection of Bellingham’s age-defying talent and sky-high potential.

Liverpool are unlikely to be the only club to enter the race to sign Bellingham, though, with the likes of Chelsea and Real Madrid also believed to be keeping a close eye on the midfielder’s situation at Dortmund. His current employers are hoping to stave off the external interest in his services until after the January window due to their unwillingness to sell their prized asset in the middle of the season, which could give other teams plenty of time to set out their respective approaches in advance of next summer.

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Real Madrid are already said to have reached out to Bellingham’s representatives in order to discuss personal terms, although a deal is yet to be struck in spite of their efforts. Club chiefs are reportedly hoping that he will join their ranks to form an enviable midfield trio alongside Edouardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni, who have been tipped to star for Los Blancos in the engine room on a long-term basis over the coming seasons.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are thought to be considering a move for Bellingham amid the uncertainty over the futures of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who will both be out of contract at the end of the campaign unless their deals are extended over the next few months. It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be able to beat the Blues and Real Madrid in the battle to sign Bellingham, who has been tipped to snub the Reds if they fail to finish in the Premier League’s top four by ex-Tottenham defender Alan Hutton.

“He is probably going to have the pick of the top teams, especially if he has a good World Cup,” Hutton told Football Insider when quizzed on where Bellingham could go next.

“I think it is probably a player that Liverpool will be desperate to get. I think Bellingham as a person will know that Liverpool are a great team with a great manager and history.

“It might be a part of a rebuild and he is the key factor, so it is about trying to get that across to him and hopefully he buys into that plan. Of course, it is going to be difficult because everybody is going to be after him.”

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