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Chelsea ‘prepared to spend £200m on Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice’

Chelsea ‘prepared to spend £200m on Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice’

Chelsea are reportedly keen to sign both Borussia Dortmund‘s Jude Bellingham and West Ham United‘s Declan Rice during next summer’s transfer window in a £200m deal.

The Blues are expected to overhaul their midfield next year, with N’Golo Kante and Jorginho both out of contract, while Denis Zakaria is unlikely to be signed on a permanent basis.

Bellingham’s future is currently the subject of much speculation, with a host of the biggest clubs in world football believed to be in the running for the Dortmund midfielder’s signature.

The 19-year-old scored his first England goal against Iran at the World Cup on Monday, while he has scored nine goals and registered three assists in 22 appearances at club level this term.

Dortmund are said to be looking for around £130m for the former Birmingham City youngster, with Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Liverpool also said to be keen.

Jude Bellingham in action for Borussia Dortmund on August 6, 2022© Reuters

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea are determined to win the race for Bellingham’s signature, while the London club also want Rice, and they are prepared to pay £200m to sign both players.

The report claims that representatives of the capital side have already been in contact with Bellingham’s representatives to discuss a switch to Stamford Bridge.

Rice, meanwhile, is also being linked with a move away from West Ham, with Man United and Liverpool said to be among the clubs interested in the 23-year-old.

The midfielder has again been a key player for the Hammers this term, making 20 appearances in all competitions, contributing one goal and two assists in the process.

Rice joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of seven, but he was released seven years later, with West Ham bringing him to the club in 2014.

England midfielder Declan Rice pictured with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate on November 21, 2022© Reuters

West Ham are also expected to demand in excess of £100m for Rice, but David Moyes‘s side are no longer in a strong position when it comes to his future, with the Englishman out of contract in June 2024.

The Hammers do have the option of activating a 12-month extension, although Rice is believed to be ready to push for a move away from the London Stadium to join a Champions League club.

Bellingham and Rice lined up alongside each other in the England midfield against Iran at the World Cup on Monday, and the duo are set to be key players for the Three Lions in Qatar.

Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in Cristiano Ronaldo, who is now available on a free transfer following his release from Manchester United.

However, the Blues are allegedly not currently planning a move for the 37-year-old.

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