Liverpool ‘will beat Real Madrid from both Enzo Fernandez and Jude Bellingham’
Liverpool are reportedly close to beating Real Madrid with the arrival of Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez and Jude Bellingham from Borussia Dortmund.
Real and Liverpool have identified the duo as their main targets for next summer, with both midfielders making their mark at the World Cup in Qatar.
The Reds are currently leading Real, Manchester City and Chelsea in the race to sign Bellingham, which could cost more than £130 million, with 19-year-old Jurgen Klopp’s number 1 target.
Liverpool are reportedly close to beating Real Madrid with the arrival of Enzo Fernandez (left) and Jude Bellingham (right)
And while they lead Real in the race to sign Bellingham, Liverpool will also lead the Spanish giants to Fernandez after reaching a ‘pre-agreement’ with the 21-year-old’s entourage. This is reported by the Portuguese news center La Capital.
Another report from Portugal’s Ojogo newspaper also reported that Liverpool also ‘promise to match any bid for the Argentina international’, which would be a huge blow to Real.
That report also claims that Fernandez is ‘already in the hands of Liverpool’ and that the 21-year-old, who has a £102 million (€120 million) release clause, is leaning towards joining the Premier League.
It has also been argued that a move is more likely to take place in the summer, with Liverpool hoping not to pay their current release clause.
Reports claim that Jurgen Klopp’s side have already reached a ‘pre-agreement’ with Fernandez
The Fernandez news will be a huge blow to Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti (pictured)
Klopp intends to bolster his midfield with younger talent, given that James Milner, Thiago Alcantara and Jordan Henderson are over 30 years old.
Fernandez, alongside Bellingham, is seen as the fit successor to Liverpool’s current crop of experienced midfielders following a string of stunning performances in Qatar.
Fernandez helped Argentina reach the semi-finals, where they take on Croatia on Tuesday night, showing Europe’s elite exactly what he is capable of.
The same goes for Bellingham, who put on some brilliant displays before England fell in the quarter-finals after a 2-1 defeat to France.
Bellingham scored his first senior international goal when he headed home Luke Shaw’s cross in England’s 6–2 win over Iran in their first World Cup group stage match. Starting every match of the Three Lions campaign, he also scored Jordan Henderson’s opening goal in the 3-0 last-16 win over Senegal.
Fernandez (left) made headlines when he scored Argentina’s second in a 2-0 win over Mexico
The 21-year-old (left) reportedly has a £102 million release clause in his Benfica contract
And as Bellingham is likely to leave Dortmund at the end of the season, Sportsmail understands that a potential sale by Liverpool will also not derail their ambitious bid to sign the 19-year-old in the summer.
Liverpool’s current owners – Fenway Sports Group – put the club up for sale last month, but they will want to make sure the team stays in good shape.
Any new owner, be it a full takeover or a minority stake investment, will also want to make sure the sport is taken care of, with Bellingham and Fernandez emerging as world class players.
Another midfielder linked to Liverpool is Sofyan Amrabat, who according to Moroccan journalist Amine El Amri has a ‘great chance’ of moving to the Premier League after playing for Morocco at the World Cup.
Armabat was ever present in his team’s midfield during their historic run-up to the semi-finals, where they will face France on Wednesday.
Bellingham is performing well in what will probably be his last season with Dortmund
Tottenham held talks with Amrabat’s current club Fiorentina in January over a move, but failed to secure a deal, with the 26-year-old recently linked with Liverpool. El Amri has suggested Amrabat is closing in on a move to England after his World Cup shows.
“I think there’s a good chance he’s going there [the Premier League],’ El Amri continued talkSPORT.
“But everyone will have to wait until the summer, because Fiorentina don’t seem to want to sell in the coming weeks.
“I think he’s a fantastic player. His brother is Nordin Amrabat, and I’m sure you in Russia saw that this man was a raging bull.
“But Sofyan Amrabat is not only a raging bull, but also a great football player.”