Chelsea keeping tabs on Jude Bellingham and see Dortmund star as Declan Rice transfer alternative

CHELSEA are reportedly monitoring Jude Bellingham as they plot a transfer swoop for the midfielder as an alternative to Declan Rice.

The Blues have only made two signings up until now this summer window.

Goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli arrived first on a free after leaving Fulham before Romelu Lukaku’s record £97.5m transfer from Inter Milan.

But Thomas Tuchel is still looking for reinforcements and wants to add a midfielder and centre-back to his ranks.

Sevilla defender Jules Kounde is their top target while Chelsea have also held a long-term interest in West Ham’s England midfielder Rice.

Now that may be cooling as they allegedly switch their attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Three Lions ace Bellingham.

Eurosport’s Dean Jones claims the Blues ‘have an eye’ on the 18-year-old after his impressive first year in the Bundesliga.

Jones said on The Football Terrace podcast: “I’ve talked about Jude Bellingham in the past and that one becomes interesting.

“And we’ll see what happens at Dortmund this season under Marco Rose.

“I know he’s excited about the project there and he’s definitely getting better as a player.

“But Chelsea do also have an eye on Jude Bellingham. If, for whatever reason, Declan Rice doesn’t work out.”

Chelsea would likely face huge competition from Manchester United for the ex-Birmingham City man.

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They thought they had managed to secure his signature 12 months ago after they gave him a tour of their Carrington training HQ.

Bellingham even met the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson, but he instead opted to move to Germany with Dortmund.

That switch has proven to be a successful one so far after he shone for them and helped Dortmund secure Champions League football and win the DFB-Pokal.

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