Just over a week has passed since the summer football market closed for this season, and clubs across Europe are slowly preparing for the summer of 2022, hoping that finances will be more stable, that the economic crisis will subside and, above all, corona pandemics will disappear.
Inter practically made the first move for next year and agreed on the transfer of goalkeeper Andre Onana without compensation, while Liverpool is ready to break the club record next summer after a completely calm few months and money spent only on the transfer of Ibrahima Konate!
Several sources from England, including the well-informed Liverpool Echo, report that Jurgen Klopp simply went crazy for a teenage sensation with Jude Bellingham. Only the adult Bellingham shines in the Dortmund jersey, but also in the equipment of the England national team in recent months, which is why he became Liverpool's number one target for next year.
Although the plan has just begun to be realized, and the strategy is being developed, Bellingham has been highly ranked in the Reds scout's notebooks practically since he made his debut for Dortmund. His games and, above all, his development are monitored from game to game, which is why Klopp began to insist that Bellingham land at Anfield, especially since he became irreplaceable in Borussia's game, and he is increasingly standard as England first-team player.
Liverpool are therefore ready to break the club record held by Virgil van Dijk, a transfer from Southampton worth almost 85,000,000 euros, and for Bellingham, the first offer will be on 95,000,000 European banknotes! The question is whether that will be enough money to close the transfer of one of the most talented young football players of today.
He arrived in Dortmund in July last year from Birmingham for 23,000,000 euros, and only three months ago he extended his contract with the club until June 2025 on much better terms. His value is currently estimated at 55,000,000 euros, and if it continues to be a regular in the first team of Borussia and England, the price could increase significantly by next summer.
And not only that, the leading people of Borussia, Hans Joachim Watzke, and Michael Zorc, are already preparing to completely "lock" every attempt at Bellingham's exit transfer next year. As it is already practically clear that Erling Haaland will leave the club at that moment - a buyout clause of 90,000,000 euros increased by 75,000,000 euros is activated, but work is being done to remove it completely so that the compensation would be significantly higher -, in Dortmund they have no intention of letting another capitalist go, despite the poor financial situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
That hole should be filled by Haaland's transfer, which will certainly be over 100,000,000 euros, if not the entire 150,000,000 European banknotes, and the sale of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United for 90,000,000 euros has also improved the situation.
That is why the goal of the people of Dortmund is for Bellingham to stay at least one more, if not two seasons after Haaland, to fully develop and only then leave. Liverpool is hoping that Bellingham could change the situation when the invitation from his homeland arrives, just as his predecessor Jadon Sancho did in the end.
However, his transfer from Borussia happened this summer ... Bellingham's situation is followed by Manchester United, which wanted him when he was in Birmingham, and Chelsea, which in recent years has become increasingly interested in giving a chance to the best English footballers. The summer of 2022 will be very challenging for both Dortmund and Bellingham ...