Liverpool would be the “top choice” for Jude Bellingham‘s father, CBS reporter Ben Jacobs has told GiveMeSport.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder continues to be linked to a host of clubs, but Jacobs says Anfield would be the player’s destination if his father, Mark Bellingham, was making the final decision.
Liverpool transfer news – Jude Bellingham
The reliable Fabrizio Romano recently informed GMS that Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid are the teams who are currently leading the race for Bellingham.
However, the transfer expert has also stated that the three European giants do not want to offer “crazy money” for the 19-year-old.
If they really want Bellingham, though, they may have to.
While the English youngster is valued at around £97m by Transfermarkt, according to the Daily Mail, Dortmund actually want £130m for their prized asset.
What has Ben Jacobs said about Jude Bellingham and Liverpool?
Jacobs says the player’s father would pick Liverpool if he had the choice.
Speaking to GMS, the journalist said: “The wooing of Jude Bellingham isn’t only on football terms. It’s about convincing his family and that’s where Liverpool have put in the most work. And if it was up to Bellingham’s father, for example, I think that his top choice would be Liverpool.
“But Bellingham is going to score this a bit more dispassionately, much like Erling Haaland did when he joined Manchester City, and therefore he will look at other aspects, even stuff away from football.”
Should Jude Bellingham make Liverpool his top choice?
Liverpool certainly have their appeal. They have done well in both the Premier League and Champions League recently and are obviously a historic club.
The chance to play under a world-class manager like Jurgen Klopp will probably also sound enticing to Bellingham, while it is clear that the German would love to have him at Anfield.
“He is a really good player,” Klopp recently told BBC Sport and other outlets. “What can I say? I have thought that already for two or three years since he had his breakthrough at Dortmund. Everybody knew already, but I have no idea what that means for the money side of it.”
Looking at how City have performed in the top flight under Pep Guardiola, though, joining them virtually guarantees a Premier League medal. Since he has been at the Etihad, the Citizens have claimed the title an impressive four times.
Ultimately, then, if Bellingham wants to come back to England, prioritising a move to City makes a lot of sense, though you could also understand if he did choose Liverpool in the end.