Journalist says FSG won’t pay Jude Bellingham’s fee as they seek to sell club

Reported Liverpool target Jude Bellingham celebrates his goal Credit: Alamy

Liverpool will not sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham as FSG still own the club, says Graeme Bailey.

Bellingham are set to leave the German club next summer, with some media claiming a January move is possible.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool are said to be favorites to land the English teenager.

Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked.

A recent report said City are leading the way as things stand, with his eventual transfer expected to cost at least £100million.

Bellingham has seven goals and three assists in 20 games in all competitions this season.

The 19-year-old is currently with the England squad in Qatar as they prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign next Monday.

Many believe he should start for the Three Lions but with Kalvin Phillips back from injury he could be benched by Gareth Southgate.

FSG’s decision to put Liverpool up for sale has cast doubt on the club’s pursuit of Bellingham.

Would they be willing to fund over £100m for a transfer knowing they won’t own the club to watch him play? I doubt.

However, it has been said that their efforts to find a buyer won’t impact January transfers.

Despite this, 90 minutes journalist Graeme Baily said Bellingham “will not go to Liverpool” as long as FSG owns the club.

Bailey reckons the England teenager will stay at Dortmund beyond the summer of 2023 which would be ‘good’ news for the Reds as it would likely mean FSG won’t be in charge when he becomes available.

“I’m wrong towards I think it [Bellingham] could stay another year, as it stands,” Bailey said on the Talking Transfers podcast.

“Obviously this extra year is good for Liverpool. Because it gives FSG a chance to sell the club and then the new owners will probably pay for Bellingham.

“If when Jude Bellingham moves, FSG owns Liverpool, he won’t go to Liverpool. Because they won’t pay the money to get him. So if he stays another year, it’s is one of the teams that could benefit from it.

Meanwhile, the Reds have announced that midfielder Curtis Jones has extended his contract.

The 21-year-old academy graduate has made 81 appearances since making his debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side in January 2019.

The club did not specify the duration of the contract, but the PA news agency understands that the player is now committed to Anfield until 2027.

The deal replaces a previous contract signed in July 2020, reflecting his continued development and growing importance to the team.

Jones, who joined Liverpool aged six, told the club’s website: “First of all, I want to thank the coaching staff for always believing in me, for given my chance.

“And of course for me, I’m over the moon, I’m buzzing. It was an easy thing (to decide to renew).

“It’s my childhood club, I’m a Scouser. I have supported the club all my life. I’m excited and can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Jones, who is also an England Under-21 international, was part of a Liverpool side that won the Premier League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Community Shield.

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