Chelsea are reportedly preparing to hold transfer talks with Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice soon.

According to the Telegraph, Todd Boehly and his crew are expected to converse with the two midfielders in the next few weeks.

Boehly has been able to appreciate his two targets in the same air space at the World Cup.

Rice and Bellingham formed the formidable bond that acted as the backbone for England’s 6-2 thumbing of Iran on Monday.

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Rice and Bellingham bond

Whilst it was Rice’s job to sit deeper and douse any danger, Bellingham was allowed to pitch up wherever he wanted on the pitch.

He covered the ground with great confidence, composure and control, not to mention doing so with the ball at his feet as well.

The 19-year-old was, as Jermaine Jenas described him in commentary, ‘outrageous’.

His brutish but beautiful display was capped off by scoring his first senior international goal, on his World Cup debut.

Yet, Bellingham can probably thank his midfield partner for allowing him such freedom to express himself.

Without Rice nestling in behind, doing the unsung work of reducing and recycling, Borussia Dortmund’s teenager might’ve been more restrained.

As it turned out, the duo combined terrifically.

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It is a duet Gareth Southgate or any other England manager will pray to enable for at least the next decade and maybe beyond.

Boehly is probably thinking the same, but for his Chelsea squad instead.

The Stamford Bridge owner very much has the future of the club on his mind, with Rice and Bellingham seemingly viewed as the pivotal points of such a project.

Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.