Liverpool are reportedly in the driver’s seat to sign Jude Bellingham next summer, with Manchester United ready to look elsewhere.

A late report from Daily Star has offered a positive update on Liverpool’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham. It appears they are in pole position to sign the Borussia Dortmund midfielder next summer, especially with Manchester United prepared to look elsewhere.

A product of the Birmingham City youth academy, Bellingham is currently one of the most in-demand prospects in Europe, with Premier League clubs ready to bring him back to England next summer. Liverpool and Manchester United were among the clubs leading the chase to sign the midfielder, but the Red Devils have now set their sights on Kalvin Phillips.

It will be a massive boost for Liverpool, who are in the market for a new midfielder that can add some flair. The Reds have faced criticism for their overreliance on ageing stars recently, with current options like Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and James Milner all being 30 or older.

Liverpool have recently been linked with a move for Franck Kessie, another one of Manchester United’s targets, with the player himself seemingly keen on playing in England. The Ivorian’s current contract at San Siro expires at the end of the season, making him a far more cost-effective alternative in the market.

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However, Bellingham’s status of being arguably the most talented English player of his age alone is enough to make him an appealing target for any Premier League club. Liverpool do have the advantage as the youngster is a huge fan of Steven Gerrard, though recent reports do suggest that Jurgen Klopp is having second thoughts about raiding his former club Borussia Dortmund.

Nevertheless, Bellingham has had immense success in the Bundesliga, already notching up 55 competitive appearances. His aggression, charisma and leadership in the middle of the park have turned a lot of heads across Europe.

The former Birmingham City starlet most notably made a solid impression in the game against Manchester City last season, in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League. It is, therefore, evident that the Englishman has the pedigree of performing at the highest level of football, but it appears to be difficult for Liverpool to prise him away from Dortmund next summer.

The player is extremely happy with his life in the Bundesliga, even emerging as one of the young leaders in the team. His current contract at Dortmund expires in 2025, and with the Black and Yellows forecasted to offload Erling Haaland next summer, Bellingham is unlikely to move anywhere anytime soon.

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