Liverpool and Erik ten Hag are expected to enter a bidding war to sign England World Cup stars Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice.
That is according to the Telegraph, who believe Jürgen Klopp and Manchester United will be joined by Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester City in the race to sign the England midfield duo.
Bellingham and Rice grabbed the headlines after starring alongside each other in England’s 6-2 win over Iran in their World Cup opener, and they could soon be playing alongside each other on a weekly basis.
LIVERPOOL & TEN HAG TARGET BELLINGHAM & RICE
Well, it will be costly, but Liverpool and Manchester United are expected to submits bids for both Bellingham and Rice.
The Telegraph believe West Ham are facing the prospect of losing their No.41 in a £70m deal at the end of the season, as he will have just 12 months remaining on his contract, and has no intention of signing fresh terms.
In regards to Bellingham, Borussia Dortmund are said to have slapped a £130m price tag on their No.22’s head.
ESPN believe Liverpool are actually the favourites to sign the 19-year-old sensation, although the Reds are not usually free spenders under Fenway Sports Group, and it remains to be seen if they will sanction a deal worth more than £100m.
The Telegraph add that Todd Boehly – owner of Chelsea – was at the Khalifa International Stadium to watch the pair play against Iran.
ENGLAND WORLD CUP DUO ARE WORTH IT
In our view, those interested in Bellingham and Rice should seriously consider splashing out £200m to sign both.
Of course, it would be a pricey bit of business, but it would save a club having to sign a new midfielder for possibly the next decade.
Bellingham, as aforesaid, is just 19, while Rice is just 23 years of age and already captain of West Ham.
The pair would sort Liverpool or Manchester United’s midfield out for the next decade, and if they forged a strong relationship at club level, it would also boost their chances of impressing for England.
Keep an eye on both Bellingham and Rice, as they are set to dominate the transfer headlines in 2023.