In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, we have the latest summer transfer speculation concerning the Blues.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Blues to rival Man Utd for Bellingham
The Manchester Evening News reports Chelsea are competing with Manchester United to sign teenager Jude Belllingham from Birmingham City this summer.
It was reported recently that the 16-year-old could be heading to Germany to join Borussia Dortmund but the latest reports indicate he could remain in England instead.
‘MEN Sport understands Bellingham has held talks with the Stamford Bridge club, as well as Borussia Dortmund, after it was revealed United chiefs gave the 16-year-old and his family a tour of their Carrington training ground on Monday,’ stated the report.
‘It has been suggested Birmingham could ask for as much as £50million for the teen midfielder, who has become a regular in the Blues' Championship side this season and is attracting huge interest.
‘United were keen on bringing Bellingham to Old Trafford in the January transfer window as they sought to bolster a midfield that saw Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini depart in 2019.
‘The dynamic midfielder does not turn 17 until June and already has 25 starts and seven substitute appearances in the Championship to his name this season, scoring four goals and laying on two assists in Pep Clotet's mid-table Birmingham side.’
Premier League trio given hope in Sancho chase?
Chelsea’s reported interest in Jadon Sancho could have been handed a major boost following recent comments from Borussia Dortmund chief, Hans-Joachim Watzke, citing a report by the Metro following his interview with RMC Sport.
The England international has long been linked with a future switch to the Blues by media reports, with Manchester United and Liverpool also allegedly interested in bringing Sancho back to the Premier League.
After shining in the Bundesliga since moving to Germany in 2017, Sancho has established himself as key player for Dortmund. However, according to Watzke, the club may struggle to hold onto their prized asset should he push for a move away.
‘Jadon is a very, very great talent, perhaps the greatest currently in Europe among players under the age of 21,’ Watzke told RMC Sport, in which the Metro covered. ‘In my opinion, he has the potential to become one of the top two or three players in the world in the years to come.
‘We will do our best to keep him as long as possible. We have a very good relationship with him. But if one day, he comes to see us and tells us that he wants to leave the club, then we will discuss it. But this is not our first option. The first option is to keep it as long as possible.’
Sancho has scored 31 goals in 90 appearances for Borussia Dortmund and will hope to be part of Gareth Southgate’s England squad at this summer’s European championships.
Blues considering left-back options
Goal.com reports Chelsea have made Ben Chilwell of Leicester City our main defensive transfer target this summer with Porto’s Alex Telles also an option if we are unable to secure a deal with Leicester City.
‘Chelsea are weighing up their left-back options as Frank Lampard prepares to add defensive reinforcements to his squad this summer,’ states the report.
‘England international Ben Chilwell has long been the Blues' first choice in the position, but signing the Leicester City star is likely to prove difficult.
‘The potential promise of Champions League football at the King Power Stadium will not make matters any easier.
‘The money on offer to those playing in Europe's premier club competition means that the Midlands outfit will not be forced to sell while Chilwell's contract, which runs until 2024, also means he is unlikely to come cheap.’
‘Telles' contract is up in the summer of 2021, and with it unlikely he will agree to fresh terms with the Portuguese side they are keen to cash-in, particularly after failing to qualify for the Champions League this season before crashing out of the Europa League at the last-32 stage to Bayer Leverkusen.’