Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly officially opened talks with Borussia Dortmund over a potential deal for in-demand midfielder Jude Bellingham.
There has been widespread speculation surrounding the England international’s future over the last few weeks, with many of the world’s biggest clubs said to be desperate to sign him next year.
Bellingham is set to sit down with Dortmund to discuss his future now that England have been eliminated from the World Cup, and he is expected to tell the German club that he wants to leave.
Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United are among the clubs to be linked with the 19-year-old, who has a deal with BVB in the summer of 2025.
Meanwhile, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has confirmed that the French giants are keen to bring him to Paris during next summer’s transfer window.
“Everybody wants him, I’m not going to hide it. He’s at his club, and [we have] respect, so if we want to talk to him we’ll talk to the club first,” Al-Khelaifi told Sky Sports News.
“Amazing player, what a player. England [are] lucky to have to him, to be honest. He’s one of the best players in the [World Cup]. [It’s] amazing, his first World Cup, he’s calm and relaxed, confident – amazing.”
According to Le10sport, PSG have now made contact with Dortmund to enter into official discussions over a deal for the teenager next year.
The report claims that the Ligue 1 champions would be willing to pay ‘in excess of €120m (£103m)’, although it is believed that Dortmund value him closer to the €150m (£129m) mark.
Liverpool are believed to have come close to signing Bellingham last summer, and the Merseyside giants are allegedly the midfielder’s preferred destination next year.
However, Jurgen Klopp’s side could ultimately be priced out of a deal, with BVB potentially raising their asking price due to the teenager’s strong performances for England at the 2022 World Cup.
Bellingham played a key role in the Three Lions reaching the quarter-finals of the tournament, while he entered the competition off the back of a strong start to the season for Dortmund, scoring nine goals and contributing three assists in 22 appearances in all competitions.
Since arriving from Birmingham City in the summer of 2020, the youngster has represented his German club on 112 occasions in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and contributing 21 assists.
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