Liverpool target set to be offered ‘club-record deal’ as contract talks disclosed
Liverpool target Jude Bellingham is to be offered a club-record deal to stay at Borussia Dortmund, according to a fresh report.
One of the most sought-after midfielders in football is the 19-year-old.
The La Liga giants Real Madrid and Ligue 1 leader Paris Saint-Germain are both interested in the England star.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool are all vying for Bellingham’s services in the Premier League.
Bellingham is reportedly Jurgen Klopp’s team’s top summer transfer target. Liverpool are currently ninth in the Premier League standings, 21 points behind league leaders Arsenal.
The squad is in desperate need of new midfield players since its starting lineup is ageing and out of shape, and because fringe players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are expected to leave in the summer.
Dortmund appears to be making every effort to keep the midfielder the former Birmingham man.
According to German publication Bild, Dortmund are preparing a last-ditch offer worth a whopping £13.25million-a-year to keep Bellingham at the club.
The youngster would become the highest-paid player in the history of the club with such a deal.
A friend of the player’s family and Bellingham’s adviser Mark Bennett are reportedly planning to speak before the end of March.
Hans-Joachim Watzke, the chief executive of Dortmund, and Sebastian Kehl, the sporting director, are apparently “fighting” to persuade the 22-time England international to remain in Germany for another year.
The present contract for Bellingham expires in the summer of 2025, but the club would want to see the player sign a one-year extension.
The new terms would see Bellingham eclipse club captain Marco Reus’ salary, despite the German international having made 368 appearances in all competitions for the Black and Yellows.
However, if the England man does leave the Bundesliga club he is likely to earn an even bigger salary.