Sources: Liverpool close in on sensational Jude Bellingham signing after talks held
Liverpool are making strong progress on the sensational signing of Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, sources have told Football Insider.
It has been widely reported that the German club will not sell the midfielder, 19, this summer – we first revealed that on 21 April – amid strong interest from clubs led by Liverpool.
But that has not deterred Liverpool from working on a deal for Bellingham to join in the summer of 2023.
The Merseysiders are busy behind the scenes putting in place an agreement, much like they did with Naby Keita when he was at RB Leipzig.
Liverpool announced the signing of Keita in August 2017, even though he did not officially join until 1 July of the following year.
The Champions League finalists want something similar in place for Bellingham, who has been identified by the recruitment team as the central midfield capture capable of the team to the next level.
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Manager Jurgen Klopp has made no attempt to hire his admiration of the England international, who has established himself as one of Dortmund’s star players since his arrival in July 2020 from Birmingham City.
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 announced last week they 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 Dortmund that runs until the summer of 2025.
Bellingham had an outstanding 2021-22 campaign, scoring six goals and providing 14 assists from 44 appearances in all competitions.
Liverpool are interested in Bellingham as Klopp looks to bolster his ageing midfield.
Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara and James Milner are all over the age of 30, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is out of contract next summer.