Chelsea stepping up interest in Birmingham City's Jude Bellingham

Chelsea looking to hijack Manchester United’s pursuit of Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham with Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho also on London club’s radar

  • Jude Bellingham has been strongly linked with a lucrative Premier League move
  • The 16-year-old is wanted by both Chelsea and Manchester United this summer  
  • Chelsea and United are also aiming to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho
  • Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Burnley’s Nick Pope are also Blues targets this year 
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Chelsea intensified their bid to recruit Jude Bellingham prior to the coronavirus lockdown, with the club stepping up their efforts to lure the Birmingham City teen star away from a prospective move to Manchester United.

And Chelsea also remain locked in a battle with United over Jadon Sancho, though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains favourite to sign the Borussia Dortmund wide player.

All transfer plans are in abeyance at present given that the UK needs to concentrate on the national emergency and clubs are unclear as to how finances will survive football’s shutdown.

Chelsea are competing with Manchester United for Birmingham teenager Jude Bellingham

Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is also wanted by the big Premier League pair this summer

But prior to last week’s lockdown, Chelsea were in talks with Bellingham’s representatives, with the player also wanted by Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

The 16-year-old Birmingham midfielder had previously been pictured leaving United’s training ground in Carrington earlier this month.

Bellingham is 17 in June, when he can sign his first fully professional contract but any transfer may now be delayed because of the coronavirus crisis and the likelihood of the season running in the summer.

Bellingham, 16, has been a star in the Championship this year and is one for the future

And Chelsea hope that Sancho could be persuaded to join Chelsea, the club he supported as a boy, and return to London rather than join United, even though his weekly wage is likely to be higher there.

Chelsea are attempting to reassess transfer plans in the light of the pandemic with Moussa Dembele and Nick Pope also on Frank Lampard’s radar. 

Chelsea were understood to have first option on Dembele, the Lyon and former Fulham and Celtic striker, this summer and the move might have been worth around £60m. 

But with the season now prolonged and the ensuing financial crisis enveloping football since the lockdown caused by coronavirus, it’s impossible to assess how much players will be worth. 

Pope is wanted by Chelsea to put pressure on Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has been dropped by Lampard this season.

Lyon’s Moussa Dembele (left) and Burnley’s Nick Pope (right) could also be signed by Chelsea

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