Chelsea will reportedly have £260m in the summer and will set a significant portion of that aside to scrap for Jude Bellingham.
The Borussia Dortmund star has emerged as one of the top young talents in Europe and looks set to be at the centre of a bidding war this summer.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said this week that he expects there to be a “crazy, crazy race” for the midfielder.
Romano said: “For both Real Madrid and Liverpool, it was impossible to sign Bellingham this summer because, (at the) end of May, the directors at Borussia Dortmund were very clear with Liverpool and other clubs who approached for Bellingham.”
“No way, there is going to be no negotiation. It’s not about the price, it’s not about the fee, it’s about the decision. Borussia Dortmund decided not to sell Bellingham this summer. They were really clear in their position.
“They will try to dream about keeping Bellingham in summer of 2023, but they know it’s not going to be easy because next summer for Bellingham, there is going to be a crazy, crazy race.”
Liverpool continue to be heavily linked with Bellingham, but Manchester City are also rumoured to be in the mix, and they will also now have to contend with Chelsea, who have quite the pot of money ready to spend.
It was reported on Wednesday that in a bid to lure PSG advisor Luis Campos to Stamford Bridge to become the club’s new sporting director, they’ve promised him a ‘pharaonic envelope’ of €300m (£260m) to spend next summer.
The Sun claim Chelsea are looking to ‘snap up’ Bellingham with new manager Graham Potter ‘a huge fan’ of the England international.
The 19-year-old, who joined Dortmund for £20m from Birmingham City in 2020, scored The Bundesliga side’s opener in their Champions League defeat at Manchester City this week, and was asked about his future ahead of the game
He said: “The club [Dortmund] 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.”
Asked if returning to England is a long-term ambition of his, Bellingham added: “It’s not something I am thinking about, to be honest.”
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