Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea both tried to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window but their approaches were rebuffed by Borussia Dortmund.
Bellingham, 19, is one of Europe's most sought-after midfielders but the England international, who is contracted to Dortmund until the end of the 2024/25 season, has been told in no uncertain terms he is not for sale.
Amid an ongoing midfield crisis, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was keen to add the former Birmingham City star to his ranks but is now expected to wait until the next summer transfer window before testing the German's resolve once again.
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According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool weren't the only Premier League party interested in securing Bellingham's signature with Chelsea also seeing an official approach rejected.
Having already sold free-scoring forward Erling Haaland to Manchester City, head coach Edin Terzić was unwilling to allow another of his star players to head out the Signal Iduna Park exit door – though there is a growing acceptance amongst the Dortmund hierarchy that Bellingham will move on next season.
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Still tied to the Bundesliga outfit for another three years, the 2023/24 campaign provides Dortmund with their final chance to sell the teenager for maximum profit as his value will diminish rapidly should he enter the final 12 months of his contract.
Klopp has already admitted to keeping close tabs on Bellingham's development, previously hailing the 19-year-old as a flawless midfielder. "He's not on the market, so that’s the first problem with that player. Well, the only problem with that player," he said at the start of the transfer window.
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