Wednesday, February 8, 2023

“The number one target” – Sports reporter drops big Liverpool transfer claim

“The number one target” – Sports reporter drops big Liverpool transfer claim

According to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has highlighted Jude Bellingham as his “number one target” and hopes to lure the Borussia Dortmund star to Anfield next summer.

Although the Reds will have another chance to strengthen their roster during the upcoming January transfer window, it appears like Klopp has already set his sights on a lucrative transaction at the end of the season.

Christian Falk indicates that Liverpool are the current frontrunners to sign Bellingham.

Respected German journalist speculates that the central midfielder’s agents have informed Real Madrid that Liverpool are ahead of them in the race to sign him at the end of the season.

It has come to light that Liverpool were close to bringing Bellingham to Anfield during the summer transfer window, having engaged in extensive negotiations with intermediaries, but the deal fell through.

Dortmund intends to discuss the teen’s future after he returns from the World Cup, and despite interest from Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea, the Bundesliga club has set an asking price of close to £129 million.

Sheth recently told GIVEMESPORT that Liverpool might go “all out” to get Bellingham next summer, and they have gained a lift from Real Madrid’s unwillingness to pay more than £108 million for the player.

Sheth has little doubt that Liverpool’s top transfer goal is Bellingham, and the club is eager to strike an agreement with Dortmund.

The journalist believes Klopp recruited Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus during the final hours of the summer transfer window in anticipation of a potential deal for the England international at the conclusion of the current campaign.

Sheth reported to GIVEMESPORT: “It’s clear he is the number one target for Liverpool.

“Remember, in the summer, they did want to bring in a midfielder but they decided to go short-term first of all and brought in Arthur Melo, maybe with one eye on next summer when Jude Bellingham potentially could be available.”

England’s close loss to France on Saturday ended Bellingham’s hopes of winning the World Cup in Qatar, but he surely left his imprint on the tournament.

In fact, according to WhoScored data, the 19-year-old was the Three Lions’ second-best performer, with only Bukayo Saka surpassing his 7.58 average match rating.

Data also indicates that Bellingham was in the top five for aerial duels won, highlighting his importance to Gareth Southgate’s squad in the middle of the field.

The Dortmund player was comfortable with the ball, completing 90 percent of his passes per game, and contributed defensively by averaging 3.2 tackles per game, per Sofascore.

Roy Keane stated on ITV, via MailOnline, that Bellingham is “going to be a superstar,” therefore his performance in Qatar only served to highlight his bright potential.

“The number one target” – Sports reporter drops big Liverpool transfer claim

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