Borussia Dortmund reportedly believe they can keep Jude Bellingham beyond this season in a major blow to Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea. Bellingham is one of the most wanted teenagers in world football.
Several Premier League teams have been linked with a move for the 19-year-old, who has excelled with Dortmund this season. Taking on a more box-to-box midfield role, Bellingham has scored nine goals and provided two assists this season.
All of Europe’s top clubs want to sign the former Birmingham prospect but a return to England seems most likely. Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea are all prepared to pay north of £100million for the player.
However, Dortmund apparently harbour hopes of keeping Bellingham beyond the summer of 2023. The Bundesliga club do not believe that their prized asset has a strong desire to leave come the end of the season.
That is according to 90min, who concede that Bellingham is well aware of the huge clubs interested in his services. The starlet will make no decision on his future until after the World Cup.
Bellingham was included in the England squad to go to Qatar later this month. He is in line to start the Three Lions’ first game against Iran on November 21.
Clubs will watch his performances with particular interest ahead of a possible transfer. Despite Dortmund’s hopes of keeping the youngster for the 2023-24 season, there will undoubtedly be suitors next summer.
A move will likely depend on whether a club can meet Dortmund’s asking price, which is widely believed to be over £100m. Liverpool are said to be leading the race to sign Bellingham, and will push hard due to their need for a midfielder.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said in the summer that Bellingham has very few weaknesses – apart from not being available for a transfer. The German said: “He’s not on the market, so that’s the first problem with that player. Well, the only problem with that player!”
Man Utd, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been linked with Bellingham. European rivals Real Madrid would likely need to sell one of their non-EU players if they wanted to enter the competition for his signature.
Los Blancos already have the three non-EU players allowed to be registered with the club. That paves the way for a possible return to England for Bellingham.