Chelsea transfer round-up as Blues eye Bellingham and Inter make Hakimi demand

Chelsea are expected to open their wallet again this summer as the European champions aim to reinforce Thomas Tuchel’s squad over the next few months.

The Blues are widely expected to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, and will also hope to give retaining their Champions League title a good go.

In order to do both these things, however, they will need to spend a bit of money on bringing in at least one or two quality additions.

And it would be no surprise to see them do just that.

Here are all the latest rumours coming out of Stamford Bridge…

Bellingham on Chelsea’s radar

Jude Bellingham will be a man in demand in the near future

Erling Haaland is not the only Borussia Dortmund player Chelsea are keeping a close eye on.

England international Jude Bellingham had a superb season in the Bundesliga at the age of just 17, and is already being tipped for a big-money move in the near future.

And according to Goal, although Bellingham is not likely to go anywhere this summer, he is one of Chelsea’s main long-term targets.

It is likely they will enquire over the central midfielder in January or in a year’s time, and Bellingham himself may well fancy a chance of Premier League action by that stage.

Inter want Alonso

Chelsea are believed to be closing in on a move for Inter Milan wing-back Achraf Hakimi.

However, according to Calciomercato there is a hold-up over which Blues player Inter will take as part of a £50m-odd deal.

It has been reported that Chelsea have already offered Emerson Palmieri and Andreas Christensen as part of the move.

But the Italian giants are believed to be more keen on Alonso, who they would see as a suitable replacement for Hakimi.

It remains to be seen whether or not Chelsea deem this acceptable, but given that Alonso has slipped down the pecking order in recent months it would surely be a smart bit of business for the West Londoners.

Rudiger continues to reject contract talks

Antonio Rudiger's future is very much up in the air
Antonio Rudiger’s future is very much up in the air

Antonio Rudiger is still refusing to enter into contract negotiations with Chelsea.

The German defender had a big part to play in their Champions League win last season, and the Blues are desperate to tie him down on a new deal.

But according to BILD the player is still wary of what happened to him under Frank Lampard, when he was totally frozen out of the team.

And he is thought to be willing to bide his time and see how things pan out in the first half of next season, with his current contract not due to expire until June next year.

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