In terms of incomings, Liverpool’s business looks to have already been concluded this summer. FSG and Julian Ward will now have to wade through those players whose futures are in doubt at Anfield and who will be looking to move onto pastures new.
At the same time, Ward and co. will also have an eye on next summer, which could prove to be a significant one for Liverpool. Already there are murmurs about Mohamed Salah‘s future with the Egyptian still dithering on contract negotiations and Ward will have a tough uphill battle in convincing the Liverpool star to stay at the club.
Equally, the new Liverpool sporting director could also be tasked with one of the most significant transfer deals since FSG took over the club.
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There is no secret Liverpool are big admirers of Jude Bellingham and based on the Borussia Dortmund midfielder’s comments about Steven Gerrard — the feeling certainly feels mutual. Next summer will be the perfect time for Liverpool to pounce on his services with Borussia Dortmund reportedly open to selling Bellingham in 2023.
But while Liverpool will see Bellingham as the perfect candidate for their long-term midfield plans, the club will also be apprehensive about securing the deal.
In contractual negotiations, Liverpool will be convinced they have enough sway over Bellingham to lure him to Anfield, especially with the 18-year-old not currently represented by an agency but instead his father.
However, when it comes to securing a transfer fee, Borussia Dortmund’s valuation of £90m-£100m is a little excessive and far higher than the figures Liverpool have paid upfront in the past. It seems especially high from Liverpool’s perspective when you factor in the probability that there will be no major outgoings next summer — something that was always the case in the past when Liverpool have spent big.
But where Liverpool will take solace from is the way with which their rivals Manchester City were able to wrap up a deal for Erling Haaland luring him to the Etihad with virtually zero complications in the deal after they were able to pay out his release clause.
Borussia Dortmund have shown not just with Haaland but also with Jadon Sancho that they are willing to sell one of their prized assets every summer and Bellingham certainly feels like the next one on the list.
The Reds’ very own transfer for Darwin Núñez could also present the perfect solution for Julian Ward.
Just like with Núñez, Liverpool would be incapable of spending the full sum required for Bellingham upfront but with instalments and performance-based clauses inserted into the deal, Liverpool could just convince Borussia Dortmund to agree to a deal.
While £100m seems like an extortionate deal on face value, as Haaland and Núñez have told Liverpool this summer with their big-money moves, transfers, even from Borussia Dortmund, can still be done effectively.
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