Jude Bellingham is 2/1 to be a Liverpool player on 1st September 2023 following his superb World Cup campaign.
The 19-year-old has played with the maturity of a player well beyond his years ever since breaking through at Birmingham aged 16 and wasn’t remotely overawed by appearing on the world stage for England, scoring the opening goal in the opening game.
Only a premature exit ruled him out of the running for the FIFA Young Player Award, which Bellingham was favourite for prior to the defeat to France.
Speculation continues to mount about Bellingham’s future, particularly with Borussia Dortmund’s history of allowing players to move into bigger things, and Liverpool or Manchester City may well be next.
While Rodri is only 26 and Kalvin Phillips has hardly had a kick since his move, Bellingham may replace the 32-year-old Ilkay Gundogan, whose contract expires at the end of the season.
Liverpool have also been closely linked with the teenager, and with an increasingly ageing midfield, featuring the likes of Jordan Henderson (32), James Milner (36), Thiago (31) and Fabinho (29), an injection of youth could be just what they need to mount a title challenge once again.
Fans became increasingly disillusioned with the direction of the club having seen Darwin Nunez arrive as the only major signing having lost Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich, with the midfield neglected.
But FSG’s impending sale of the club may see a renewed ambition to bring the likes of Bellingham to Merseyside, and it’s (was 6/1) for Bellingham to be a Liverpool player on 1st September 2023, and the images of Bellingham and Henderson - as well as pictures taken outside of games with Trent Alexander-Arnold only fuelled speculation further.
Real Madrid are also in the running at 7/2 (was 6/1) to land the 19-year-old, and there have been rumours that Bellingham is keen to hold out for a move to the Bernabeu.
Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are still operating at a high level, but their combined age of nearly 70 can’t be ignored, and Bellingham may fit the bill.
The biggest stumbling block appears to be the emergence of hot prospects in Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, who may well be the future of Los Blancos’ midfield.
Of course, Bellingham may not push for a move, and if a club doesn't meet the asking price, which appears to be well over £100m, the midfielder may remain in Germany next season, and you can back Bellingham to stay at Dortmund at 11/2 (was 3/1).
Manchester United are available at 12/1, though their midfield looks as settled as it has for quite a few years – at least in the short term, with Casemiro and Christian Eriksen occupying the two midfield spots.
Although Fred’s contract expires at the end of the season, and Erik ten Hag seems happy for that to run down, United may look to strengthen their depth in midfield. While signs at Old Trafford have been as positive as they have been for some time, a player of Bellingham’s calibre may be the next step the club needs to take if they’re to compete for the title once again.