Chelsea knocked Borussia Dortmund out of the Champions League on Tuesday night and they are prepared to now hand them a double transfer blow this summer, according to reports.
Graham Potter’s side turned around their last-16 tie after a 1-0 first leg defeat to win 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to progress into the last eight following goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz either side of the interval.
Dortmund were left frustrated as they returned to Germany after several contentious decisions which they didn’t agree with, particularly involving Havertz’s re-taken penalty, which he converted after hitting the post with the first attempt.
Jude Bellingham was left extremely frustrated and labelled the decision as a “joke”, telling BT Sport: “I think that in itself was disappointing and the fact they’ve had a retake, it’s a joke.
“I think for every penalty, especially when you have such a slow run-up, there are going to be people encroaching into the box by a yard or so. But that’s the game, I suppose, he’s made a decision and we’ve had to live with it.”
Chelsea are interested in Bellingham, who has also attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Manchester City, while Liverpool believe they are favourites for his signature.
Dortmund are eager to keep hold of the 19-year-old, who is valued at around £130 million, with club director Sebastian Kehl expressing his desire to beINSPORTS of keeping Bellingham for a further year.
“We will do all we can to keep Bellingham at BVB for one more season,” he said.
It remains unlikely and Dortmund may have to start preparing themselves for the teenager’s return to England. Chelsea will hope they will stand a chance but if they are unable to secure Champions League football next season, a move to Stamford Bridge looks almost impossible.
Bellingham, as reported by journalist Carrie Brown, was seen hugging and giving Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly and head coach Graham Potter a handshake after leaving the tunnel area following Dortmund’s Champions League exit in west London on Tuesday.
But Chelsea are also hoping to inflict pain on Dortmund in the transfer market as they look to poach Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada.
It’s claimed Dortmund have a verbal agreement in place with the Japan international, however Chelsea, Manchester United and other clubs are hoping to persuade him to snub the Bundesliga outfit when he becomes a free agent this summer.
“We don’t want to compete with Chelsea in the transfer market, we want to do it on matchday, we did it twice,” said Borussia Dortmund boss Edin Terzić to BT Sport after Dortmund’s second leg defeat.
Dortmund will be hoping they have already wrapped up a deal for Kamada to avoid Chelsea claiming another win, this time off the pitch, over the Black and Yellow side.
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