CHELSEA are set to rival Liverpool and Manchester United for Jude Bellingham next summer.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder is a target for a number of top clubs in Europe.
The Germans were insistent that, with Erling Haaland having joined Manchester City, Bellingham would not be sold during the most recent window.
But clubs are already lining up to make a move next year with the England starlet likely to cost upwards of £100million.
The Blues are looking to snap up some of the top young talent since the takeover and new manager Graham Potter is a huge fan of the England international.
The 19-year-old, who scored Dortmund’s opener in their Champions League defeat at Manchester City this week, joined the German club for £20m from Birmingham City in 2020.
Having shone in the Bundesliga and in Europe his value has skyrocketed since.
Any prospective fee is only likely to increase with the potential of a starring role at the World Cup with England this winter.
Bellingham was named in the latest Three Lions squad this week and has been tipped to start alongside Declan Rice in Qatar given Kalvin Phillips’ lack of game time at Manchester City.
Asked about his future and a potential move ahead of the game at The Etihad, Bellingham said it would be disrespectful to Dortmund to consider next summer.
He said: “The club have done loads for me and made me feel very welcome since I first came and gave me the opportunities to develop even further.
“To look past that and into the future would be disrespectful.”
After investing significantly in the defence and forward line this summer, Chelsea could be in the market for midfielders next term.
They have already added Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa but will be on the hunt for long-term replacements for both Jorginho and N’Golo Kante in the near future.