Watch: Fabrizio Romano gives latest on Liverpool and Jude Bellingham
Liverpool have established a long-term interest in signing Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham – but Fabrizio Romano expects a move to happen next summer rather than during the current window.
Bellingham has become one of the most-prized young players in world football after scoring 10 times and registering 18 assists in 90 appearances for Borussia Dortmund’s first team.
The 19-year-old has also made 15 appearances for England’s senior team during his embryonic career and his development has attracted the attention of Europe’s top clubs.
Liverpool are keen on the England international, and according to Spanish publication Marca, so are Real Madrid who will need to replace ageing midfielders like Luka Modric, Casemiro and Toni Kroos.
While Liverpool are developing a batch of young midfielders themselves, with Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Tyler Morton making progress and Jurgen Klopp eager to add Bellingham to that group.
But, according to Romano, Liverpool have conceded that signing Bellingham this summer will be impossible but that they’ll return with an offer in 2023.
Speaking on his YouTube channel, the renowned journalist said: “As of now, because we never know what’ll happen in the market, Borussia Dortmund consider Bellingham untouchable. Jurgen Klopp also said this recently.
“Dortmund have already lost Erling Haaland this summer to Manchester City so they want to keep Bellingham. They see him as part of their project and they know many clubs will be interested in summer 2023.
“But it’s true that, a few weeks ago, Liverpool called people close to Bellingham and Dortmund to enquire about the situation.
“They were told he’s untouchable this summer but Liverpool are very interested in Bellingham alongside other top England and Spanish clubs.”
And former Everton striker Kevin Campbell told Football Insider: “Jude Bellingham will be a better player for having been out in Germany for another year.
“Klopp likes him a lot, that’s obvious. If he comes on the market next summer, I’m sure Liverpool will be at the front of the queue to sign him.
“They’ve inquired, I’m sure, and Klopp has had the inside scoop from Dortmund – unfortunately he’s not available.”