Liverpool dealt ‘big’ blow in race to sign Jude Bellingham
Real Madrid’s “allure” may be “too much” for Liverpool target Jude Bellingham, says Frank McAveney.
exclusive speech football insiderThe former West Ham striker says the Reds need to show Bellingham they are willing to “fight” for his signature.
Sources told this site on March 18 that Anfield is the 19-year-old’s preferred destination should he leave Borussia Dortmund this summer, but Real Madrid remain firmly in the game.
The German club have opened talks with the England international, whose current contract expires in 2025.
Bellingham is said to still be undecided on whether he wants to call it quits in the summer.
According to Spanish media reports sports (March 13), the La Liga giants are willing to pay £88m plus £35m in add-ons to secure the midfielder’s signature this summer.
McAvennie has urged Liverpool to pay for Bellingham.
“I think they have to get Bellingham,” he said. He said football insider.
“Fabinho in midfield looks like an old man, but he is not. They just didn’t get a replacement to keep him out and bring in the same way.
“Thiago [Alcantara] When he’s not playing he’s a very, very big miss.
“Why didn’t they want to go to Bellingham? He is a Liverpool supporter, but the temptation of Real Madrid may be too much.
“Unless they show interest, he will go to Madrid. They had to show their cards and say they wanted him. They have to let him know they’re going to fight for him and it might affect him.“
In other news, there has been a breakthrough in talks, with Liverpool paying £45m, according to sources.