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Dortmund detail Bellingham transfer stance after giving Liverpool confirmation

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham posing in 2021

Liverpool have been confirmed to be in the running to sign England sensation Jude Bellingham, though a Borussia Dortmund chief has detailed the uphill struggle they face to pull off the coup.

Still only 18, Bellingham is already one of England’s most highly-rated stars. But for the superb partnership between Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, the Dortmund teenager would likely already be a regular starter for the Three Lions.

Since moving to Germany from Birmingham City in 2019, Bellingham’s reputation has soared. He has begun to add attacking returns to his game this season, notching three goals and seven assists in just 15 matches from central midfield.

Understandably, Bellingham has emerged on the radar of a host of England’s elite sides.

Manchester United are an admirer, but it is Liverpool who have drawn the most recent links. Indeed, a report on Tuesday insisted Jurgen Klopp was ‘keen’ to land the sensation.

Predictably, Dortmund are extremely reluctant to sell. To help aid their chances of convincing Bellingham to stay put, they are said to be considering signing Jude’s brother, Jobe, also from Birmingham City.

Now, Dortmund chief, Sebastian Kehl, has delivered an update on Bellingham’s situation. Firstly, he confirmed that Liverpool, among others, are sniffing around Bellingham.

“There’s lot of interest around Jude Bellingham, not only Liverpool,” Kehl told Sport1 (via Fabrizio Romano).

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However, prising him away from Dortmund won’t be a task for the faint of heart. Kehl added: “But there is no bottom line and no exit clause.

“He is loved, he enjoys that. There are no signs he could leave BVB soon”

In other words, Bellingham’s contract does not contain a release clause, as is the case with Erling Haaland. Dortmund will therefore be able to command the player’s true market value if any suitor acts on their interest.

Yesterday’s report from German newspaper Bild (via Sport Witness) suggested the bidding would begin at around €120m (£101m).

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Meanwhile, Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards reportedly does not have a new club lined up as his contract winds down, contrary to previous claims.

Edwards has negotiated a host of deals to help build Jurgen Klopp’s trophy-winning team. However, he has also orchestrated profitable player sales.

Nevertheless, as he approaches his 10-year anniversary of working at Liverpool, reports claim that Edwards wants to leave the club on a high. As for where he could move to next, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez supposedly has his eyes on him.

In fact, the Los Blancos chief reportedly wants Edwards to help bring in a new era for the Spanish giants. Newcastle have also had links with bringing him in, following their takeover by a Saudi-led consortium.

According to Football Insider, though, Edwards is instead ‘seeking a new challenge’. Indeed, he does not have an ambitious new club in mind to slot in as transfer chief.

Nevertheless, his Liverpool future remains uncertain. He has yet to agree a new deal and could still move on.

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