Liverpool have entered the race to sign Birmingham City starlet Jude Bellingham, as the battle against Manchester United and Chelsea for his signature. Bellingham has drawn attention from the Premier League’s top clubs this season, after bursting onto the Championship scene.
Bellingham was subject to a £25million bid from United in January, it’s believed.
But, after he decided to stay with Birmingham City for the remainder of the season, at least, he’s since been linked with a number of other clubs.
Chelsea entered the race earlier this month, while Tottenham and Manchester City are also interested.
Now, Liverpool has emerged as a potential destination for the 16-year-old, after Jurgen Klopp became interested in his signature, according to the Daily Star.
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Liverpool will likely have to match United and Chelsea in their planned £50m bids, if they want to sign the Birmingham City star.
Blues boss Pep Clotet has admitted that it’s a major compliment to both Bellingham and the club that he’s being linked with mega-money moves to the Premier League.
He also admitted that he’s not surprised the midfielder is drawing attention.
When asked if clubs like United and Chelsea are hovering, Clotet told talkSPORT: “I’m a head coach, I’m not in the transfer business of the club.
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“But, I can imagine that it could be a possibility, because you see the talent in there.
“You see how he conducts himself on the pitch and off the pitch, and the massive value that he’s adding to himself.
“He takes every opportunity to help the team and grow, and he’s one of our main players.
“I think he always had something special. The way he takes in information and changes himself is unbelievable.”
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“We always had a lot of enquiries about him in the past,” said the Blues boss.
“But, obviously the numbers that are being mentioned in the press, and everything surrounding the situation now, just proves that good work that everyone is doing.”
Bellingham is currently earning just £145-a-week on an academy wage.
But, he’s expected to sign a lucrative first professional contract when he turns 17 on June 29.
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Despite his young age, Bellingham has started 23 Championship matches this season, scoring four goals.
He’s also provided three assists for his team-mates, as Birmingham continue their excellent start to 2020.
Since their 3-2 defeat to Wigan Athletic on New Years’ Day, the Blues remain unbeaten – a run stretching over 11 games in all competitions.
They’ve climbed the table to 14th, and are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone.
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