Liverpool are ‘increasingly unlikely’ to sign Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund this summer with the club facing significant challenges in their pursuit of the midfielder.
Bellingham is expected to at the centre of a bidding war between Europe’s top clubs, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid having been considered the frontrunners to sign the England international.
Borussia Dortmund are reluctant to lose the 19-year-old and will demand a huge fee for Bellingham, who has no release clause in his contract at the Bundesliga side.
The Athletic are reporting that Liverpool’s hopes of signing the midfielder are reducing, despite Jurgen Klopp’s huge admiration for the teenager.
Liverpool face a fight to secure Champions League qualification this season and an absence from Europe’s elite would damage the club’s hopes of a deal.
The anticipated fee, financial strength of rival sides, and reluctance to enter a bidding war for Bellingham have all been described as factors that make it ‘increasingly unlikely’ the midfielder will move to Anfield.
Manchester City and Real Madrid are viewed as being in a stronger position to conclude a deal, while Manchester United were last week linked with entering the race.