If the Reds show reluctance to also complete a deal for Bellingham, Manchester City and Real Madrid have the financial might to swoop in and leave them with neither.
So there is now a dilemma at hand; do Liverpool fight until the end for Fernandez or abandon that mission and go all-out for the future of England’s midfield?
Fernandez and Bellingham have the potential to stand at the forefront of the elite midfield bracket for the next decade, making both enticing opportunities in the 2023 transfer market.
And for a club like Liverpool challenging for domestic and European titles, missing out on both would be catastrophic.
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