Chelsea have opened talks with Jude Bellingham’s representatives as they look to beat Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund to his signature. The 16-year-old has become hot property this season and is expected to make a big move this summer.
United were thought to be in the driving seat despite Dortmund’s interest, but now the Mail on Sunday report that Chelsea are in the mix.
Chelsea are thought to have have opened talks with the Birmingham’s ace’s people over a transfer and are keen to bring the midfielder to Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard has based his team around young Brits after being banned from signing players last summer.
And he wants to beef up his midfield this summer with Bellingham in his sights.
The midfielder has already been given a tour of United’s Carrington HQ though so Chelsea chiefs will have to act fast to get their man.
Bellingham has impressed for the Midlands clubs despite their struggles in the Championship.
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He is expected to make the step up this summer and now appears to have a few options on the table.
United legend Rio Ferdinand picked him out as a potential star in an Instagram Q&A last week.
“Jude Bellingham, huge talent, huge talent, really good-looking footballer in the way he plays, the balance he’s got, the maturity at such a young age,” Ferdinand said on Instagram Live.
“I want to see more but the price tag is phenomenal, £30m-odd for a kid, for a 16-year-old boy, it’s unbelievable.
“But it’s the way of the world now and the way you’ve got to think about it, if you’re paying £30m, if we keep him for 10 years it’s money well spent.
“It’s a gamble, it’s an expensive gamble, but the kid to be playing in the Championship and doing what he’s doing and looking the player he is, it’s a gamble yeah but a calculated one.
“I think he’s someone I would 100 per cent take. If I’m Man United now, go in and get him.
“You can understand why the likes of Borussia Dortmund are trying to get onto this boy and trying to take him.
“The kid to me seems to have it all, he can play anywhere across the front.
“I love this, this is what I live for, seeing these young players come through. You want to see that.
“You could say that [it is too much money], I can see where you’re coming from. But it’s the going rate in the market today.
“You could say it about all these fees, my fee at the time [from Leeds to United], you could say that was too much. Ended up being a bargain, didn’t I!”
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