It certainly is a good time to be a Chelsea fan right now. Last season, having won the Champions League, before triumphing in the Super Cup, the Blues have also made a statement in the transfer window.
Roman Abramovich is a person who usually gets what he wants; a long history of making high-profile signings backing this up.
Following a hugely successful transfer window last summer, they brought in talents Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Edouard Mendy plus Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr on free transfers, it has been no different this time around.
An outlay of an estimated £175 million bought them the Champions League and after leaving it relatively late this time around, the Blues brought back former player Romelu Lukaku just before their first Premier League game of the season for £97.5 million.
However, the west London side is being tipped to re-enter the market again as they look to add more depth to their midfield. As a result, it has been suggested that the club could move for Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham, who only made a switch to Germany last summer in a £25 million switch from Birmingham City.
With reported number one midfield target; former academy player Declan Rice likely to stay at his current club with West Ham United playing hardball on his valuation, Bellingham is viewed as a more realistic alternative.
Impressive proven pedigree
The 18-year-old enjoyed an encouraging debut season with Dortmund, earning himself a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, which reached the Euro 2020 final earlier this summer.
Bellingham made 46 appearances across all competitions last season, registering four assists and goals apiece, though more impressively, showing the kind of maturity you would expect from a seasoned player in a star-studded Dortmund line-up. No doubt, he would have no problems fitting into this current Chelsea team.
Any fee is likely to be considerably more than the German side paid last summer; however, Chelsea has been smart in their transfer dealings over the past month. Despite paying in excess of £100 million, they have made £62 million in sales of fringe team and youth players, while a £35 million fee has reportedly been agreed with Roma for striker Tammy Abraham, which would more or less see them break even.
As a result, they could effectively justify spending towards the £50 million mark – a lot for a teenager, though Dortmund is not under pressure to sell, having offloaded Jadon Sancho to Manchester United for £73 million earlier this summer.
Chelsea are also understood to be still pursuing talented Sevilla centre back Jules Kounde as well, who could demand up to £40 million, so there could well be a couple of exciting signings to come from the Blues in a late flurry of business.
A former Press Association Sports Journalist (NCTJ – National Council for the Training of Journalists), now based in Lisbon, Matt also has over a decade of experience working with the top operator brands. These include Coral, BetVictor, and numerous others, having held a number of senior positions and still retains strong industry relationships. He enjoys reading, writing, travelling, all things business, sport, meeting new people, learning new things and also holds football coaching qualifications.