Chelsea are reportedly lining up a £100million bid for Jude Bellingham to rival Liverpool and Manchester United next summer.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder, 19, is set to become one of the hottest properties in Europe at the end of the current campaign.
Dortmund were reluctant to sell during the most recent transfer window after losing Erling Haaland to Manchester City – but there is a growing expectation Bellingham will return to England in 2023.
The former Birmingham star has shone in the Bundesliga and the Champions League since his £20million move to Germany in 2020.
He scored the opening goal for Dortmund in their 2-1 defeat to City on Wednesday.
Many expect the England sensation to start for Gareth Southgate’s side at the 2022 World Cup this winter – which could see his stock rise even further.
Liverpool are considered the frontrunners for his signature, as the Reds look to rejuvenate an ageing and injury-prone midfield.
Manchester United are also linked with Bellingham – and now The Sun reports that Chelsea will enter the fray.
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New co-owner Todd Boehly spent a record-breaking £271m over the summer and sacked manager Thomas Tuchel just weeks after the window shut.
It is understood new Blues boss Graham Potter is a big fan of Bellingham and Boehly is already plotting a £100m bid.
When asked about his future earlier this week, Bellingham refused to comment out of respect for Dortmund.
He said: “The club have done loads for me and made me feel very welcome since I first came and gave me the opportunities to develop even further.
“To look past that and into the future would be disrespectful.”
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