Chelsea ‘have eye on Jude Bellingham’ as Roman Abramovich targets more transfers
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Chelsea are monitoring Jude Bellingham despite their interest in Declan Rice, it has been claimed. Roman Abramovich has already sanctioned the signing of Romelu Lukaku. And the reigning Champions League winners may not be done there, with Thomas Tuchel eyeing other reinforcements too.
Chelsea recently spent big on Lukaku, raiding Inter Milan for the Belgium international in a huge £98million deal.
That’s made him the Blues’ record signing, with the 28-year-old’s fee dwarfing the £72m they’d previously spent on Kai Havertz and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
While Chelsea were too strong for Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener on Saturday, however, they’re still hoping to bolster their squad.
A centre-back is being eyed, with Jules Kounde their top target.
And Chelsea are also open to signing a midfielder, too, with Rice currently the chosen one behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
Now, however, Eurosport’s Dean Jones has claimed Chelsea ‘have an eye’ on Bellingham, who flourished for Borussia Dortmund last term.
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“I’ve talked about Jude Bellingham in the past and that one becomes interesting,” Jones said on The Football Terrace podcast.
“And we’ll see what happens at Dortmund this season under Marco Rose.
“I know he’s excited about the project there and he’s definitely getting better as a player.
“But Chelsea do also have an eye on Jude Bellingham.
“If, for whatever reason, Declan Rice doesn’t work out.”
Chelsea would likely face competition from Manchester United when it comes to Bellingham, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an admirer of the 18-year-old.
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The Red Devils came close to landing the player a year ago, giving him a tour of their Carrington training complex.
But despite Bellingham meeting Sir Alex Ferguson, the former Birmingham star opted to move to Germany with Dortmund instead.
He impressed for the Bundesliga side last term, helping them secure Champions League football and win the DFB-Pokal.
And whether Chelsea move for Bellingham, with a deal for Rice difficult, is something only time will tell.
Speaking after his side’s victory over Palace on Saturday, meanwhile, Tuchel singled out Trevoh Chalobah for praise.
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The 22-year-old scored the Blues’ third goal, which came after Marcos Alonso and Christian Pulisic had struck.
And Tuchel said: “This is not a gift, letting him play; it’s well deserved.
“He’s a very humble guy and a very calm guy and he took his chance to show his quality.
“He had a biggest performance against Villarreal for 120 minutes and he is robust enough to play another 90 in the Premier League today.
“And it’s super nice because this is what I truly believe in: we can have the best players from abroad and famous players but it’s also about young guys from the academy who can make it.
“This is very important – to have these young guys and this mix. It was a perfect afternoon for him and you could see that everybody was very, very happy for him.”
Tuchel also added: “We were pretty sharp but I think it perhaps looked easier than it actually was.
“Players stepped up again for us after a tough game in the Super Cup but this is what we expect the level to be for us.
“We want to set our standards as high as possible and always strive to be at that level. We did very well today but it is only a start and we need to build on this.
“It was a huge team effort, both defensively and offensively, and I’m very happy with what we did today.”
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