Chelsea are reportedly showing an interest in Jude Bellingham amid a growing belief from Borussia Dortmund that he could be worth a similar amount to Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
Bellingham is one of the brightest prospects in world football at present. After breaking into the Birmingham City first team at the age of 16, he earned a huge move to Dortmund in 2020. He turned down interest from Premier League clubs to seal the move.
It seems to have been a wise choice. The teenager has gone on to play in the Champions League and has made his senior England debut.
Already featuring prominently in Germany, Bellingham is continuing his progress beyond his years. Yet to even reach adulthood, he has a bright future but also a dazzling present.
Naturally, his form with Dortmund means his other admirers have not dropped their interest. And according to Eurosport, Chelsea are the “most interested” suitor for Bellingham’s services.
They wanted to strengthen their midfield last summer, when Frank Lampard made Declan Rice his top target. Now Lampard has gone, those still at the club believe Bellingham would offer more.
It is unlikely they would be able to tempt him back to England this summer. Dortmund want to build around Bellingham, who is not concerned at the prospect of them failing to reach the Champions League.
However, he would like to return to his native country at some stage in the future. It must be the right opportunity, though.
Eurosport add that Liverpool are also keeping tabs on Bellingham, while both Manchester clubs expressed an interest before he headed to Germany.
Man Utd were particularly close, even inviting him to their training ground. It was not enough to convince him at that stage, though.
If any Premier League club are to revive their interest now, they would have to spend a significantly higher sum than the£25m Dortmund gave to Birmingham.
While Bellingham isn’t quite in the same bracket as teammates Sancho and Haaland yet, there is a belief that he could one day join them in the territory of having a transfer value of more than £100m.
England plan for Bellingham
It is not just at club level where Bellingham may make an impact. Some want to see him included in England’s Euro 2020 squad and after the last international break Gareth Southgate confirmed there was a chance of that happening.
Southgate said: “He’s a player we think is going to be an England international in the future.
“We feel that in that area of the pitch, although we were very happy with everybody tonight [after the win over San Marino in March], we are a little bit short in numbers.
“For us to help develop him, to put him into games and to try and get him with the team, with the development he is getting at Dortmund as well, we’re hoping we can play a part in fast-tracking him into the group.”