Liverpool face Bellingham hurdle as Dortmund repeat Sancho transfer trick

Borussia Dortmund have slapped a £101million price tag on Jude Bellingham in a bid to fend off Liverpool’s interest.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have identified Bellingham as their number one transfer target, but it would need to be a club-record deal to bring the England sensation back home.

The 18-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season with Dortmund having started every Bundesliga and Champions League match for the club this campaign.

The German side hope to keep hold of their rising star and will not let him go for anything less than €120m (£101m), according to German publication Bild.

A similarly stubborn stance saw Dortmund initially price Manchester United out of a deal for Jadon Sancho before the Red Devils finally agreed a cut-price fee this summer – a year after they originally tried to sign him.

Dortmund now hope the transfer trick will price Liverpool out of a move for Bellingham as they look to retain one of their prized assets.

The move means Anfield bosses would have to make Bellingham the club’s most expensive signing ever, ahead of £75m man Virgil Van Dijk, if they were to prise him away from Dortmund.

The Black and Yellows will be under no pressure to cash in on their rising star having tied him down until 2025.

Bellingham, who doesn’t turn 19 until next June, has enjoyed a staggering rise following his £25m from Birmingham City in 2020, having snubbed United’s advances.

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The England midfielder plays an instrumental part in Dortmund’s side and has already registered two goals and two assists in the Bundesliga this season, including a stunning solo strike against Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday.

Despite his tender years, Bellingham has racked up over 60 appearances for Dortmund and his impressive performances in Germany have led to eight England caps.

Bild also report that the Bundesliga outfit are now keen to snap up Jude’s younger brother Jobe in a possible move to tempt Bellingham to stay at the club.

The 16-year-old winger, who is yet to make his Birmingham City first team bow, would be following in his older brother’s footsteps if he were to depart the Blues for BVB.

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