Liverpool ‘frontrunners’ for Bellingham but ‘uncertainty’ remains as Ornstein reveals ‘another credible option’

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Liverpool in for Bellingham

David Ornstein is reporting that Liverpool are believed to be the ‘frontrunners’ in the race to sign Jude Bellingham but his situation remains ‘uncertain’.

Now that England are out of the World Cup, the attention will now turn to the January transfer window.

One player who is going to be talked about more than most is Bellingham, and it is going to become tiresome quite quickly.

It would be nice for Bellingham to make a decision sooner rather than later, but it feels like it is going to drag on for a while yet.

Liverpool are known to be big admirers of the midfielder and they are desperate to make him their marquee signing next summer.

The Reds have done a lot of groundwork behind the scenes to set up this transfer and Ornstein has revealed that they are understood to be the ‘frontrunners’ to sign him.

But The Athletic reporter has noted that the ‘uncertainty’ surrounding the club’s owners could ‘play into the hands’ of their rivals.

‘Bellingham’s rise has made him a dream target for the world’s biggest clubs, so if the midfielder decides he wants to leave Borussia Dortmund – and his German employers open the door to a sale – he will have his pick of a small number of teams who can afford what it will take to complete such a deal,’ Ornstein wrote for The Athletic.

‘No decision was expected until after the World Cup but now that Bellingham’s involvement in Qatar is over, suitors will hope to intensify their efforts to prise him away from the Bundesliga side.

‘There is a feeling among interested parties that Liverpool may be front-runners, but they do not think the matter is closed and will hope the current uncertainty at Anfield plays into their hands.’

Fenway Sports Group announced last month that they are open to new investment and a full sale of Liverpool is an option. 

Ornstein has added that Real Madrid and Chelsea ‘are also huge admirers’ of Bellingham, while Man City are ‘not currently at the head of the queue’.

He has noted that ‘another credible option’ for Bellingham is to remain at Dortmund, with his contract not up until 2025.

‘Reigning European champions Real Madrid and current world champions Chelsea are also huge admirers of the Birmingham City academy graduate, while back-to-back Premier League winners Manchester City might not currently be at the head of the queue but have him in their thoughts,’ Ornstein added.

‘Another credible option is to stay at Dortmund, where he is committed until the summer of 2025 already. They would welcome the chance to extend a stay which began in the summer of 2020.

‘Many in the industry are quick to praise Bellingham and his parents for the impressive manner in which his career is managed and tip them to diligently navigate the path ahead and ensure the best possible outcome is achieved.’

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