Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham has reportedly rejected an approach from Liverpool after narrowing his summer destination to either Manchester United or Borussia Dortmund.
According to The Daily Star, the 16-year-old Championship star is set to snub the Reds, as well as Arsenal and Manchester City, for either United or Dortmund, with Jeremey Cross reporting that the Red Devils have put forward a £100,000-a-week contract on the table for the teenage sensation.
Bellingham has been at the centre of plenty of transfer speculation in recent weeks, with the Birmingham academy graduate emerging as one of the top talents in English football this season. The teenager became the youngest player to feature for the Blues’ first-team in their entire storied history when he made his senior debut at Portsmouth, and later became their youngest-ever goalscorer when he netted against Stoke.
Should Liverpool sign Jude Bellingham?
The Championship prospect has managed 32 league appearances this season, scoring four goals and registering two assists along the way, and interest from big-name clubs has been rampant, with Liverpool listed as one of the team’s keen on Bellingham’s signature, yet it appears that Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund will go head-to-head for the teenager this summer.
Whilst it would make sense for the teenager to make the move to Germany, with the likes of Reiss Nelson, Rabbi Matondo and Jadon Sancho all flourishing in the Bundesliga in recent years, his dominance in the Championship has led to many claiming that he could be ready for the Premier League despite his tender age. But for Liverpool, Bellingham might not be too much of a loss.
With the likes of Curtis Jones coming through into the first-team and Liverpool’s midfield looking set for the next few years, the Reds could be better off looking at other areas of the pitch to build for the future, rather than attempting to sign a teenager for big bucks who could fail to live up to his hype.