In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, there are reports of interest from aboard in two Blues, one who is ours and one who is not, and are players of the stature of Gilmour being cut adrift too early in Scotland? One story suggests so…
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Bellingham could be Dortmund-bound
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea look likely to miss out on Birmingham City prodigy Jude Bellingham with Borussia Dortmund reportedly confident of signing the 16-year-old midfielder.
Although he has yet to sign a professional contract with Birmingham, Bellingham has played in more than 30 matches for the Championship club since his debut last August and attracted interest from a number of clubs.
‘At 16, Bellingham is one of the most exciting prospects in English football, even though he cannot sign his first professional contract until he turns 17 on June 29. Birmingham are thought to be looking for a package of about £35million,’ states the report.
‘Bellingham is also admired by a host of clubs in England and abroad, including Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Juventus.
‘Dortmund are known as one of the top destinations in the world for the best young talent. England attacker Jadon Sancho and Norwegian striker Erling Haaland are two prominent names who chose the Bundesliga club over wealthier suitors.
‘Bellingham has had huge success playing in a wide midfield role for Birmingham, but the feeling at Dortmund is that he will ultimately play as a central attacking midfielder.
‘The player himself is also thought to be impressed at the progress Sancho has made at Dortmund.’
Inter keen on Alonso
Calcio Mercato report Inter Milan are closely monitoring the progress of Marcos Alonso and hope to sign the Spanish defender during the upcoming summer transfer window.
According to the report, the Nerazzurri, who are now managed by his former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, have been keen on the 29-year-old for some time but were put off by his high price tag.‘Chelsea want €30 million for Alonso, a high figure that has stopped Inter from signing him in the past,’ states the report.‘The Milanese club will continue to try anyway, as both Cristiano Biraghi and Victor Moses are expected to be leaving in the summer.’
Gilmour could change Scottish coaching attitude
Former Scotland striker Kris Boyd has told Sky Sports the progress Billy Gillmour has made at Chelsea could bring about a change in coaching attitudes in the country.
After the 18-year-old’s impressive display for the Blues in the 2-0 FA Cup victory over Liverpool, Boyd hopes it will mark a mentality shift for the coaching establishment in Scotland‘He got the chance to showcase his skills on Tuesday and now he's getting spoken about to a worldwide audience,’ said Boyd of the youngster who came through the Rangers academy before making the move to Chelsea two years ago.‘Hopefully in Scotland we change our attitudes to smaller guys who are struggling to develop and we give them time as they're exciting players up here that seem to be getting cut adrift too early.‘With the right coaching, we can get away from the robot type and let them become who they can be if they're given an opportunity.‘I actually said a few months ago that it would give the [Scotland] squad a lift to bring someone like Billy in,’ added Boyd of Gilmour’s chances of getting a Scotland senior call-up.‘I wouldn't be surprised if he's called up for the Israel game, when you see the ability he's got.’