Speaking on The Athletic Football Podcast, James Pearce has, once again, been discussing Jude Bellingham and Liverpool’s interest in the midfielder.

The England international has been strongly linked with a move to Anfield over the past few months, and it seems as though the Reds have him earmarked as their very top target next summer as they look to revamp their midfield.

It’s no secret that Liverpool are absolutely enamoured by Bellingham, but there is one rather sizeable hurdle here – the player’s pricetag.

Indeed, according to Pearce, some within Liverpool are concerned that the fee required to sign Bellingham next summer may become too high.

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Bellingham’s price problem

The journalist shared what he knows about the midfielder.

“I think the only issue with that would be, who else can possibly live up to the financial side of making this a reality because I think the numbers involved automatically rule out a lot of clubs,” Pearce said.

“Even though he’ll be down to the last two years of his current deal next summer, which clearly looks like the first available opportunity really for his array of suitors to firm up that interest in him.

“But if Dortmund value him at around 150 million euros, what’s that around £130 million? That’s why I think I’d be amazed if we saw anyone else, probably only PSG in world football that could potentially come up with that kind of cash. Apart from the ones we’ve mentioned – Real Madrid, United, City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

“That’s why I think that when you speak to people at Liverpool, the caveat is will the numbers get too big? Will it reach a point where you go hang on a minute.

“Despite his huge potential and despite the fact Liverpool look upon him as someone who could be at the absolute heart of that midfield for the next decade.”

Chance to stamp their authority

This may be Liverpool’s chance to truly stamp their authority in the transfer market by making this blockbuster signing.

The Reds have made big signings in the past like Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, but this would represent the first time the Reds have made a PSG/Real Madrid level record signing for a while.

Whether or not they can afford it is another question, but if Liverpool were to bring Bellingham in they would be making a huge statement of intent.

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