'Almost ready': Jamie Carragher says £135m player Chelsea want to sign could be about to star at the World Cup

Jamie Carragher has claimed on Sky Sports Football’s YouTube channel that Chelsea target Jude Bellingham could be seen as world class after the World Cup.

The Borussia Dortmund man is surely set to start for Gareth Southgate as England kick off their campaign against Iran in one weeks’ time.

He proved himself as an important starter for the Three Lions in the last set of Nations League games before the tournament.

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He played both fixtures against Italy and Germany, looking particularly good in the 3-3 draw with the latter at Wembley.

Chelsea have been linked with attempting the difficult yet lucrative deal to sign him next summer, with it expected that a host of elite clubs are going to look to secure his signature.

He is reportedly going to cost somewhere in the region of £135m, however a strong World Cup could see Dortmund push the price up even more when it comes to selling time.

Carragher tips Bellingham for big World Cup

Carragher has tipped the teenager for a big tournament, saying he’s almost ready to make the step to be seen alongside the likes of Harry Kane.

He said: “I think when you go through the team now, I think of Kane and Foden who has never really shown his City form in an England shirt. You think who have we got who is world class?

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“I think Kane and Foden can go into that category and I think Bellingham is almost ready to take that step and maybe we’ll be saying that after the World Cup.”

Todd Boehly has been reportedly playing catch-up in his attempts to sign Bellingham. It has always been believed that Liverpool and Real Madrid are further along in the process.

However, he is one of the only midfielders who has the quality to suitably replace the potential outgoing N’golo Kante and Jorginho.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released