Jude Bellingham has decided his next transfer move, amid interest from Manchester United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Liverpool.
With a familiar sensation in the transfer window, Chelsea might be poised to miss out on another important center midfield target.
To land Jude Bellingham’s ideal move this summer, Chelsea may have to hold off one of their former managers and a swarm of other suitors.
The 19-year-old is anticipated to leave Borussia Dortmund in the upcoming two transfer windows, and interest from the best teams in Europe makes a massive bidding battle for him possible. Todd Boehly was eager to begin the rebuilding of the midfield one year early, therefore Chelsea had looked into the idea of signing him this summer.
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The American co-owner spent more than £250 million on new players in his first window, but he doesn’t intend to stop there because Graham Potter is now in control and a long-term structure is in place, laying the basis for another significant summer.
Liverpool was also interested in Bellingham this summer, but no formal offer was made for the England player, whose cost might exceed £124 million if a deal occurs.
The former Birmingham City player’s rumoured favorite destination is Real Madrid, thus Chelsea’s efforts may be in vain. Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring Bellingham in addition to midfield ace Aurélien Tchouaméni, who joined the team this summer for £85 million, according to Spanish daily Marca.
Another target for Chelsea was the Frenchman, but they decided to sign Saul on a season-long loan instead of waiting for Tchouameni to progress at Monaco. They paid the price when Madrid quickly closed the deal while Chelsea stumbled, unable to enter early negotiations because the club was a Roman Abramovich-sanctioned asset.