Liverpool in pole position to sign 18-year-old English midfielder

Borussia Dortmund are not expected to cash in on Jude Bellingham on anything less than €100m amid Liverpool, Man City links. However, the Bundesliga giants have no intention of offloading England international, with the youngster not having any release clause in his deal that expires in 2025.

Borussia Dortmund are not expected to entertain any bids below the €100m mark. It will be a massive blow for the Reds, who have stepped up their pursuit of a new midfielder following a stale summer transfer window that saw them only add Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.

It appears Jurgen Klopp is keen on adding more juice to his midfield unit, in particular, with most of his star footballers in Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho nearing the final phase of their respective careers.

Jude has emerged as a perfect option due to his box to box the quality and a commendable mentality that has already made him a fan-favourite at Signal Iduna Park. Bellingham has also performed well at the highest level of football, emerging as one of the most promising youngsters in world football.

However, a hefty fee of over €100m may deter the Reds if they are to maintain their financial structure. As such, they have already identified Mikel Merino as a possible alternative. The same cannot be said for Man City, who recently spent a fortune to bring in Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.