Liverpool report: Jude Bellingham is top Reds target - but Manchester United "stand no chance" in race

Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham celebrate a goal during England's 3-0 win over Wales at World Cup 2022.
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Manchester United are out of the race to sign Jude Bellingham, say reports in Germany, with Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid the leading contenders for the England star.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Bellingham has caught the eye at World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) with the Three Lions, where he played a leading role in their impressive 3-0 last 16 win over Senegal on Sunday.

His future at the German club has long been in doubt as Europe’s top clubs form an orderly queue to offer him a deal.

Sky Germany (opens in new tab) report that Bellingham is Liverpool’s top target for next summer.

Dortmund are planning to sell the 19-year-old and are encouraged by his performances in Qatar, which could see his price tag grow to somewhere between €100-150 million.

Jurgen Klopp is eager to add the England star to his Reds side for next season, but City and Real are also options for the youngster.

However, United “don’t stand a chance at this point”, according to Sky reporter Florian Plettenberg.

Bellingham has no release clause at Dortmund and his contract at Signal Iduna Park runs until 2025.

He’s valued at €100m by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab), having already notched 19 goals and 21 assists in 112 Dortmund appearances by the age of 19 – as well as 20 England caps.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.