Chelsea sanctions £100m to rival Liverpool their January transfer target, Borussia Dortmund star, Jude Bellingham.
Todd Boehly is ready to out-spend Liverpool and smash their transfer record for Jude Bellingham as they plan to launch a £100m bid.
The Borussia Dortmund star is likely to become the big transfer story of next year with the race already heating up.
Midweek, the Bundesliga team gave Manchester City a Champions League fright, and the teenager contributed a goal. Pep Guardiola was blown away by Bellingham’s performance, even though City rallied to win.
He has now scored 13 goals for Dortmund in 99 games, which is a remarkable feat for a man who won’t turn 20 until next June.
Liverpool, who had long hoped to sign him, appears to be in the lead in that contest. That being the case, their efforts to sign him received a big boost on Thursday.
However, Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl remains determined to keep him. He insists Bellingham remains happy at Dortmund and the club are ready to abandon the annual sale of their best stars to keep the player.
That desire to keep him, however, will be pushed to the limit next summer amid claims Chelsea are to muscle their way to the front of the queue.
Chelsea sanctions £100m Jude Bellingham transfer
According to The Sun, Chelsea owner Boehly is ready to sanction a £100m offer for his signature.
He, alongside new manager Graham Potter, are huge admirers of the England international.
And they are ready to break their transfer record to try and lure him to Stamford Bridge. They are reportedly willing to spend in excess of £100m – making the player not just their record signing but also the most costly British transfer in history.
The Blues are ready to invest in signing the best young talent in the country, with Carney Chukwuemeka arriving this summer from Aston Villa.
And with the clock ticking on N’Golo Kante’s future – he is out of contract next summer and is yet to agree a new deal – Chelsea are ready to break the bank to sign Bellingham.
That kind of money will blow Liverpool out of the water and will likely see Klopp miss out on a player he has long been dreaming of signing.
Asked about his future earlier this week, Bellingham insists he is only focusing on helping Dortmund be as successful as they can.
He said: “The club 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.”