At one point, Bayern Munich was a candidate to bring in Bellingham, but the Englishman’s stature within world football has grown mightily since those days.
Today, Bellingham is a top-shelf talent and even some of the richest clubs are bailing on a pursuit of the 19-year-old. According to Sport1 journalist Patrick Berger, Liverpool FC is now walking away from the bidding:
According to information from our reporter @berger_pj, Liverpool FC is dropping out of the race for Jude Bellingham. The Klopp club cannot meet BVB’s high transfer fee and is facing a change in personnel. City, ManUnited and Real are still on.
According to Sky Sport’s Florian Plettenberg, the reason why Liverpool bailed on its pursuit of Bellingham is because Real Madrid and Manchester City have driven up the price on Bellingham to create a two-club bidding war:
News #Bellingham: Been told that Real Madrid and #MCFC have driven the price up exorbitantly. From the point of view of the Liverpool bosses the total package (transfer fee + salary) was rated to high for his age. Liverpool is out of the race. #LFC @SkySportDE pic.twitter.com/Sn3Tn18IJn— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 12, 2023
Whatever the case, Borussia Dortmund stands to make a mint from a sale of Bellingham this summer.