Liverpool “leading Jude Bellingham race” as Man Utd ready to accept defeat to the midfielder – Sports News Update

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Liverpool need a central midfielder after Georginio Wijnaldum’s move to Paris Saint-Germain and could turn to Jude Bellingham.

Jude Bellingham has been linked with a move to Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

Liverpool lost Georginio Wijnaldum to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and still need a replacement, with Jurgen Klopp putting Jude Bellingham high on his wish-list for next summer. Reportedly, the Reds are currently leading the race for the player and could beat Manchester United to his signature.

The Reds lost their Dutch star to the French capital after refusing to meet his wage demands, and that meant Wijnaldum was ready to move on after five successful years on Merseyside.

With only defender Ibrahima Konate added in the summer, Liverpool are now missing a Wijnaldum class midfielder.

It was believed that Harvey Elliott would fit into his role, which he originally did – but the youngster sustained a freak injury earlier in the season that will rule him out until at least after the January transfer window.

With James Milner out of his contract at the end of the season, there will be another void in Liverpool’s engine room that needs to be filled.

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And Dortmund midfielder Bellingham could be the man who fits seamlessly into the team of former BVB boss Jürgen Klopp.

The Daily Star says the Merseyside outfit comes first for the formidable teenager.

It would take a record £ 80million fee for the club to secure his signature after joining Dortmund for £ 25million just over a year ago.

Bellingham has already played 55 games for Dortmund at the age of just 18 years and three months, growing well over his years as one of the biggest stars in football.

It would beat the club record of £ 75million paid for Virgil van Dijk three years ago, which in itself was an inspired commitment.

However, Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke recently indicated that Dortmund had no desire to part with the England international.

“Bellingham and Reyna will definitely stay here for a long time,” said Watzke to ZDF.

“We have a lot of young players with us who have a lot of potential. We are currently an important axis.

“I don’t know if this is the best squad we’ve ever had, but it’s the most ambitious. We have a great mix of experienced and talented young players.”

United have opted for Crystal Palace instead (Image: GETTY)

Rivals Manchester United were also reportedly interested in the Birmingham-born prodigy.

But the star says his focus is now on Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips after giving up interest in Declan Rice and that means Liverpool can take the driver’s seat in the race for Bellingham.

Reis was reportedly going to cost United £ 90m if they were to sign him, but United boss Ed Woodward was concerned about the price.

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