By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

18th Mar, 2023 | 7:30am

Sources: Liverpool are Jude Bellingham's first choice as £130m+ move edges closer

Liverpool are Jude Bellingham’s first-choice destination should he leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, sources have told Football Insider.

The Reds are frontrunners to sign the 19-year-old Dortmund star this summer, although Real Madrid remain firmly in the race.

Dortmund have opened talks with Bellingham over a new deal, and it is understood that the England international is still undecided if he wants to leave Germany at the end of the season.

The Bundesliga giants are demanding in excess of £130million in order to let go of Bellingham this summer.

Liverpool are prepared to match that fee and break the British transfer record currently held by Jack Grealish’s move to Man City, but they are aware that Champions League qualification is crucial to luring the player to Anfield.

Bellingham has emphasised that his full focus is on Dortmund’s title race this season before he turns his attention towards the inevitable summer saga.

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But if a move to the Premier League does come to fruition, it is understood that Bellingham would prefer to join Jurgen Klopp in Merseyside as opposed to a move to Man City or Chelsea.

Bellingham has scored 10 and assisted a further six goals from central midfield this season across 33 appearances.

He has helped Dortmund to second in the table, just two points off rivals Bayern Munich with 10 league games remaining in the 2022/23 campaign.

In his three seasons in Germany, Bellingham has made 123 appearances across all competitions for Dortmund and scored 20 goals.

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