‘As of right now’: Fabrizio Romano suggests Chelsea may have to pay £135m to sign player they want next summer

Fabrizio Romano has told YouTube channel ‘Que Golazo’ that Chelsea can expect to have to make Jude Bellingham the most expensive midfielder of all time if they want to sign him next summer.

The England international is going to almost certainly be on the move next summer, and his talent means he will be the source of one of the biggest transfer sagas in history.

The Blues are one of the clubs who are set to look to sign Bellingham, although they will face stiff competition from nearly all of Europe’s elite clubs.

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After impressing for Borussia Dortmund in Germany and in the Champions League, he has started to bring those performances to the international stage, with him taking a lot of the headlines from England’s pair of Nations League games over this weekend.

Chelsea learn Bellingham price

Romano has claimed that Chelsea will have to spend more than 100 million Euros to get the deal done, although it could end up being a lot more if he impresses at the upcoming World Cup.

He said: “They want to sell because it’s part of their project and strategy. The price, it depends on the World Cup. If Bellingham does great it could be something like 140, 150 million Euros [£135 million].

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“As of right now I would say it will be more than 100 million Euros [£90 million] which will make him the most expensive midfielder of all time, and it’s deserved.”

With the future of Chelsea midfielder N’golo Kante very much up in the air at the moment, the signing of Bellingham would be one of the few players in world football who could replace him in terms of quality.

With the Englishman likely to be one of the best midfielders in the world for the next 10-15 years, it could be an important purchase for the Blues to try and make.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.