Liverpool report: FSG to sign Jude Bellingham for £87m ahead of Real Madrid, as parting gift before club sale

Liverpool target Jude Bellingham looks on following the UEFA Nations League League A Group 3 match between England and Germany at Wembley Stadium on September 26, 2022 in London, England.
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Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are set to land Jude Bellingham ahead of Real Madrid.

FSG have confirmed that they are looking for new investors, having been in control of the Reds since 2010. In that time, the club have won a Champions League and Premier League title – but the American owners may not have finished their work on Merseyside just yet. 

Liverpool have edged ahead of Real Madrid in the race for Jude Bellingham and could well tie up the deal before FSG sell the club.

Liverpool owner John W Henry

Liverpool owner John W Henry intends to sell the club, according to reports (Image credit: N/A)

Reports corroborated by Marca (opens in new tab) and ESPN's James Olley (opens in new tab) say that Liverpool are "all in" for Borussia Dortmund star Bellingham, with Real Madrid finding it hard to compete. Los Blancos apparently see the deal as "complicated". 

Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea are all interested in Bellingham, too, with another Marca (opens in new tab) report saying that estimations of Bellingham costing £130 million are way off – and that the England international could be worth around £87m. This comes as Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the Reds could have done with signing another player in the summer. 

"I am not a big believer in looking back, saying 'if we would have, that would have changed everything'," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"I think it's clear that another player in specific positions would have helped us in moments, definitely. But our problems are not because we miss a player. You cannot prepare for everything. While it is wild and irrational in moments, I think we have to ride it out. We will get through this."

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, looks dejected during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United at Anfield on October 29, 2022 in Liverpool, England.

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, looks dejected during the Premier League loss at home to Leeds United at Anfield (Image credit: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Liverpool have long held an interest in Bellingham, who plays for Klopp's former club Dortmund. The teen star has denied that he is thinking about his future, however, despite rumours persisting that he will exit the Bundesliga in 2023.

Bellingham is valued at around €90m on Transfermarkt (opens in new tab)

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Liverpool have been put up for sale by Fenway Sports Group – though Jurgen Klopp's agent has denied that the manager could also be leaving Merseyside

The Reds look like they'll be busy in January to correct this season's tough start. Two midfielders could join in January, with a whopping eight potentially joining in the next two windows. Son Heung-min has been linked, as has Benfica youngster Antonio Silva, while Youssoufa Moukoko has admirers on Merseyside, too. 

Meanwhile, Klopp has hailed Mohamed Salah as "one of the best you've ever seen" and Anfield legend Robbie Fowler has encouraged fans to back Trent Alexander-Arnold

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