Borussia Dortmund are ‘unlikely’ to accept anything below €100m if Liverpool do wish to sign Jude Bellingham next summer.
That’s according to BILD, who say the lack of a release clause in the young Englishman’s contract means the German side are in a strong negotiating position.
The Reds are in need of a new central midfielder after Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure this summer and the club’s failure to add a player in the transfer market.
Reports have indicated that Liverpool are keen to make a ‘statement’ signing in that regard, and Jurgen Klopp has targeted Bellingham as a result.
He is even said to be willing to break the club’s transfer record to secure his signature, with a €93m bid reportedly in the offing.
However, it seems that is likely to be rejected by Dortmund should it ever arrive. BILD explain that Bellingham’s contract currently runs until 2025, so the German club have absolutely no need to sell.
Furthermore, his current contract does not include an exit clause, meaning BVB do not have to worry on that front either.
His performances at the club have seen his value rise from €11m to €55m (he arrived from Birmingham for €23m in 2020), and so they are ‘unlikely’ to let him go for less than €100m.
That would be a huge amount for Liverpool to pay, although it is only €7m more than what recent reports have suggested they want to pay, so it’s hardly a huge jump in that regard.
Either way, this is the stance that’s coming from Germany at the moment, so it remains to be seen if the Reds are as serious as has been claimed because Dortmund are not going to be letting their latest young star go on the cheap.