Thomas Tuchel could well pursue previous interest from Chelsea surrounding the transfer of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

EuroSport suggested that Chelsea were continuing to scout the 17-year-old – having already identified him as a possible target last November.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – JANUARY 19: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund looks dejected during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund at BayArena on January 19, 2021 in Leverkusen, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

This would be as a replacement for Declan Rice, who was Frank Lampard’s top priority signing whilst still in charge at Stamford Bridge.

The Guardian recently reported that the pursuit of the West Ham’s midfielder would end following Lampard’s departure.

Bellingham could become an alternative option if Chelsea do decide they need to strengthen in the defensive midfield area.

Tuchel has a Dortmund link with the young talent, having coached they’re for two years and overseeing the development of similar stars such as Christian Pulisic and Ousmane Dembele.

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DORTMUND, GERMANY – APRIL 29: Christian Pulisic of Dortmund and Head coach Thomas Tuchel of Dortmund , gestures during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Koeln at Signal Iduna Park on April 29, 2017 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Birmingham City sold Bellingham to the Bundesliga side for £25m (Sky Sports) in the summer and has been a regular starter under Edin Terzic.

Former City midfielder Karen Carney said he reminded her of a ‘young Patrick Vieira’ because of ‘how he tackles and plays from box to box’ (BBC Sport).

However, Dortmund might have to sell some of their key assets if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this campaign (Daily Mail).

Bild said that Jadon Sancho, Gio Reyna and Raphael Guerrerio were the possible fall guys but Bellingham could well be sold for extra cash.

Borussia Moenchengladbach v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – JANUARY 22: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund looks on during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund at Borussia-Park on January 22, 2021 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Keeping within the German lines, EuroSport stated that Erling Haaland remains on Chelsea’s radar and if he becomes available, they would jump at the chance of gaining his expensive signature.

Haaland is currently a teammate of Bellingham at Dortmund and if Tuchel could ensure a double deal for the pair, Blues supporters would be singing his name.

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Give me Haaland and I’ll give you my soul, Mr Tuchel. Slightly extreme, I must admit, but there really is no player in world football like him right now.

Bellingham on the other hand is a different case. We have young midfielders at our disposal but it just depends how the new coach decides to use them.

There are already rumours of Billy Gilmour’s withdrawal and I’m sure several others will follow suit.  

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