Liverpool’s £80m move could greenlight Aston Villa deal

Liverpool are said to be ‘confident’ they will win the race to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham in a transfer switch which could have a ripple effect on Aston Villa.

Germain’s giants will be ready to replace the England international if he leaves the club this summer or next and Villa’s much-loved youngster Carney Chukwuemeka is believed to be a target. At 18, Chukwuemeka is slightly younger than Bellingham, but the former Blues midfielder has already had three years in professional football, having made his debut aged 16.

Chukwuemeka made his Premier League debut last season and has made 13 other appearances in the English top flight since then. Under Steven Gerrard, Chukwuemeka has only started once and reports claim the England Under-19 star wants more assurances over his playing time before committing his future to Villa.

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Contact talks have reportedly broken down in recent months with Chukwuemeka only having 12 months left on his current contract. It has left a number of top clubs across Europe and England on high alert with the likes of Barcelona, ​​Dortmund and Bayern Munich sniffling, as well as Manchester United and Liverpool.

And according to The sun, Liverpool are “confident” that the proposed transfer of Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City puts them in pole position to land Dortmund star Bellingham. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is a huge fan of the former Blues ace, but Dortmund would likely ask for around £80m to sell the midfielder.

If Liverpool get their wish, Dortmund will be ready to replace Bellingham and if a deal is reached next summer, Chukwuemeka could join the German side for a fee well below market value. It’s unclear whether or not the teenager will seek a move away from Villa in this window, or if the interested parties are keen to strike a deal after starting just two Premier League games.

Instead, after another year of development under Gerrard, signing Chukwuemeka might be a more attractive proposition, especially as the move would be free. However, it’s possible that Chukwuemeka may feel satisfied with the game time he’s getting next term and the progress he’s made with Gerrard next year and opt to draft new terms instead.

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