LIVERPOOL are confident Kalvin Phillips’ proposed move to Manchester City puts them in pole position to sign Jude Bellingham.
However, there will likely still be a tug-of-war between the Premier League’s two greats to sign the midfielder next summer.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the Borussia Dortmund star and has already set him as his top target at 12 months.
But Pep Guardiola is just as big an admirer of the 18-year-old and hopes Bellingham’s friendship with new signing Erling Haaland can influence a potential deal.
The duo sat next to each other in Dortmund’s dressing room and the champions are hoping Haaland can persuade his pal to join him at the Etihad Stadium.
There is growing confidence at Anfield that Man City’s upcoming £45m signing of Leeds ace Phillips means the Reds are favorites to sign Bellingham.
Klopp has always intended to make a striker his marquee this summer and has successfully landed Benfica’s Darwin Nunez for £85million to replace Sadio Mane.
Plans for next summer are already being finalized with Bellingham and another central midfielder high on their shopping list.
Liverpool could guarantee him starts.
Meanwhile, Dortmund insist the England starlet will not be sold in this window.
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However, they are aware that although they will be asking around £80m, it could be difficult for them to keep him beyond next season.
Manchester United are a distant third in the race for his signature, with Erik ten Hag’s transfer plans still to be finalised.
Phillips and Rodri will be fighting for a spot in City’s engine room this season.
Phillips’ move is expected to be confirmed this week.
The 26-year-old was on holiday attending Leeds captain Liam Cooper’s wedding in Ibiza.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5640831/liverpool-jude-bellingham-man-utd-man-city-kalvin-phillips/ Liverpool are confident Jude Bellingham will join ahead of Man Utd and City after Pep Guardiola sealed Kalvin Phillips move