Chelsea have continued their long-term interest in Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder, Jude Bellingham, with the club tracking the teenage sensation for a large amount of time.
What’s the word?
The 19-year-old has been linked with a plethora of clubs, following some astonishing development that now sees him in his fourth season as a professional.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Phillips said: “Chelsea have been interested in Jude Bellingham for many years.
“They wanted him before he went to Dortmund and they’re still very keen on signing him now.”
A “generational talent”
Phillips’ claim is a major one, regarding Chelsea’s ambition of bolstering their central midfield options.
Bellingham would certainly do that, proving himself more than capable in both phases of the game, despite being just 19-years-old.
Quite simply, we are looking at a “generational talent”, as pointed out by United Stand and TalkSport presenter, Mark Goldbridge.
And, as such, the Blues will face huge competition to sign the England international, with a number of Europe’s elite preparing for a big summer.
But, the Bellingham saga is one of the hottest topics in the world footballing landscape for a reason.
With his ability to progress the ball being one of his greatest strengths, having averaged three successful dribbles per game so far this season, the highest such average at Dortmund, Chelsea would majorly benefit from the inclusion of an asset who has created more big chances on his own than Chelsea’s central midfielders combined.
Having struggled for goals this season, due to an alarming lack of chance creation, it’s clear that Chelsea need to bolster their midfield ranks.
Adding in an asset of Bellingham’s ability could help to take the Blues to that next level, and due to his defensive competence, would allow the BVB star to shine in a midfield-two – if Potter sticks with his three-at-the-back system, of course.