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Manchester City 'join Liverpool in the race for £85m-rated Jude Bellingham as Pep Guardiola looks for a Fernandinho replacement'... but Borussia Dortmund are in no rush to sell the teenage England international

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2021-09-14

Jude Bellingham is reportedly attracting attention from Manchester City and Liverpool - but Borussia Dortmund seem unlikely to let the 18-year-old go for less than €100million (£85m).

The English midfielder has been superb for the Bundesliga giants since joining them last summer from boyhood club Birmingham and he turned in another impressive display on Saturday as Marco Rose's men beat Bayer Leverkusen 4-3.

Now after reports carried by Sportsmail that the Reds were interested in the England international, the Daily Star have claimed, as per Sport Bild, that the Premier League champions are also taking a keen interest in Bellingham.

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Jude Bellingham continues to impress after an amazing debut season at Borussia Dortmund
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Bellingham's form earned him a Euro 2020 call-up as England made it all the way to the final
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Now Pep Guardiola is reportedly interested in replacing Fernandinho with the 18-year-old

While City are also said to be closely monitoring Declan Rice, Bellingham has also apparently been identified as a potential replacement for 36-year-old Fernandinho, who is on a one-year contract and is unlikely to sign a new one due to his age.

Bellingham came up against City aged 17 in the Champions League last season at the quarter-final stage and shone, seeing a goal harshly chalked off in the first leg and scoring the opener at the Westfalenstadion in the second leg as Pep Guardiola's side won 4-2 on aggregate.

Speaking about Bellingham's performances, Guardiola said previously: 'I can't believe he's only 17. Maybe he's a liar.

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Bellingham sparkled against Manchester City last season in the Champions League last eight

'He's so good, a fantastic player. I saw him shouting to the centre backs that he wanted the ball.

'The way he asked for the ball, at that age it's unbelievable.'

However, Dortmund are under no pressure to sell, having raked in £73m from the deal taking Jadon Sancho to Manchester City and with Bellingham's current contract not expiring until 2025.

Erling Haaland looks set to be their next big-name departure as a £64m release clause is believed to become active at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Haaland, who, like Bellingham, has thrived since joining Dortmund, is attracting interest from Man City, Man United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Dortmund are unlikely to demand less than €100million (£85m) for one of their star players

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