Boost for Manchester United as Liverpool cannot afford to sign 19-year-old superstar

Liverpool cannot afford transfer fee for Manchester United target and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham

Premier League rivals Liverpool cannot afford the transfer fee for Manchester United target and Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham, according to The Times (Subscription Required) [h/t Metro].

The Merseyside outfit have put their interest in the midfielder on the back burner for now. Instead, the Anfield side will look to pursue other alternative targets.

Jugen Klopp’s team feel they require a massive rebuild in the upcoming transfer window. Therefore, they are not willing to pay an excess of £100 million to land one player in the 19-year-old.

Liverpool have dropped out of the race for Manchester United target Jude Bellingham.
Liverpool have dropped out of the race for Manchester United target Jude Bellingham. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

But the England international is not low on potential suitors. Apart from the Red Devils, Chelsea and Spanish giants Real Madrid also have the youngster on their radar.

Erik ten Hag is a big fan of Bellingham. The Dutch manager is keen on acquiring the midfielder’s services and feels he has the potential to be the Red Devils’ future captain.

The England international joined Dortmund in the summer of 2020 from Birmingham City. Since then, the 19-year-old has developed into a world-class player. In the current campaign, the youngster has also led Edin Terzic’s team out on the pitch on a few occasions.

United bolstered their engine room last summer with the addition of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen. However, apart from the two, we lack quality in the middle of the park.

Fred and Scott McTominay have been at the club for several years now. However, the Brazilian and Scottish duo have been unable to put in consistent performances.

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Therefore, we could seemingly do with some fresh blood in the midfield. Bellingham is a generational talent capable of getting into any top side. With Liverpool out of the way, United have one less team to think about in their pursuit of the 19-year-old.