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Jude Bellingham: Strong Liverpool fears force Boehly to make his move, as Chelsea storm into £130m transfer mix

Jude Bellingham, September 2022

Todd Boehly has taken personal control of Chelsea’s push to sign Jude Bellingham, though the Blues are fully aware they’ve got ground to make up on Liverpool and one other.

The 19-year-old England international is quickly becoming the hottest property in the market. Borussia Dortmund hope Bellingham will sign a contract extension they intend to table after the World Cup. However, given his current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, there’s no guarantee he puts pen to paper.

Bellingham has known admirers in the form of Real Madrid as well as English quartet Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Man Utd.

The Athletic previously reported Dortmund will hold out for around £131m if they do sell next summer. The Sun painted a different picture, claiming a deal could be struck for just £83m – providing it’s paid up front and in full.

CBS Sports’ Ben Jacobs claimed Liverpool and Real Madrid were the frontrunners at present.

Liverpool’s midfield is in need of a revamp and the common consensus is they didn’t act this summer as they’re of the belief they can get Bellingham next summer. Arthur Melo did arrive on loan, but he’s only a short-term fix.

Jacobs noted Chelsea’s interest and claimed they could be willing to offer a Dortmund-friendly package to steer the move their way. While not stated, the inference was they’d pay most or all of the fee up front.

Now, a report from the Telegraph has taken it Chelsea’s pursuit a step further.

Boehly makes his move

They report part-owner, Todd Boehly, has assumed personal control of their quest to sign Bellingham.

The Blues are closing in on a new sporting director, but for the time being, Boehly is steering the ship.

Chelsea have attempted to make ‘inroads’ into the lead both Liverpool and Real Madrid have in the chase. That comes after Chelsea ‘were told’ the Reds and Los Blancos were ahead.

Boehly believes the race is far from over and Chelsea have enough time to secure the coup. The Athletic’s figure of £131m is echoed by the Telegraph who state a deal could cost £130m.

Precisely how Boehly is going about manoeuvring Chelsea to the front of the queue isn’t stated. However, Ben Jacobs insisted the deal won’t solely be about money.

Bellingham will listen to the personal pitches made by all suitors and stressed Liverpool and Real have both been in regular contact. Perhaps Chelsea are now making those same moves behind the scenes.

In a warning to both Chelsea and Liverpool, the report adds there is a fear that Man City could trump all and swoop in.

City would present the greatest guarantee of trophies and if signed, Bellingham would link up with ex-Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland.

For now at least, it’s declared multiple times Real Madrid and Liverpool lead the way. However, Boehly and Chelsea will do all they can to crash the party.

Who should Jude Bellingham choose?

CBS Sports stressed one of Bellingham’s ‘essential’ demands is Champions League football.

That will leave all three of Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool sweating following sub-par starts to the season. Man City are shoe-ins for a top four finish barring a complete meltdown.

On how he’d fare at any of his Premier League suitors, Bellingham has been warned off joining City. Instead, recently retired goalkeeper, Ben Foster, outlined why a move to Man Utd makes the most sense.

“I think he would thrive more at Manchester United, he’d have more responsibility and I think he would enjoy it there more,” Foster told his YouTube channel.

Assessing a possible move across Manchester to the Etihad, Foster has issued Bellingham a ‘Jack Grealish-style warning’.

Foster continued: “I think he would know he’s the main man. I worry that if he went to a club like Man City he might just sort of [end up] a little like Jack Grealish.

“He would just fade a little bit at Manchester City. So I would love him at Manchester United, I think he would smash it.”