Chelsea billionaire owner Todd Boehly faces a mouth-watering bill to sign two targets.
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly could find himself digging deep in his pockets once again if the Blues are looking to sign England duo Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham next summer. And the American billionaire won’t thank Marina Granovskaia, the club’s previous transfer boss, as he faces a possible £280m bill to capture the pair.
Bellingham has emerged as one of Chelsea’s top targets in the summer of 2023, with Graham Potter lining up long-term replacements for Jorginho and N’Golo Kante.
The 19-year-old showed his star quality with a phenomenal display in England’s dominant 5-1 victory over Iran in their World Cup opener on Monday, a performance that will only increase the clamor for one of the country’s most coveted stars. from Europe.
Chelsea are among four clubs looking to sign Bellingham after receiving encouragement from Dortmund that they could sell the star if he wants to leave. Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester City are also monitoring his situation, with any deal likely to cost upwards of £130m.
That would make Bellingham the fourth most expensive player of all time, and there will be some regret from the Chelsea team for not being able to lure him to Stamford Bridge when he was 17, having joined the Bundesliga giants for a fraction of the price in 25 million pounds.
There is a similar sense of frustration from Boehly if the club decides to move to Rice. The 23-year-old has a contract until 2024 but wants to play in the Champions League, although West Ham’s insistence on valuing the England international at around £150m is likely to scare off any potential suitors.
Rice was a long-term target for the West London club – who actually dropped him as a teenager from their academy – when Frank Lampard was in charge until January 2021. But Granovskaia has scrapped plans to bid Rice for around £70 million when they sacked Lampard, replacing the Englishman with Thomas Tuchel.
Although Tuchel was a fan of Rice, the German understood that Chelsea’s need to sign a new central striker was more urgent and the club paid £97.5m to sign Romelu Lukaku in August of that year. West Ham put a £100m price tag on Rice’s head, and with no team willing to pay, he remained with the Hammers.
Given that both players could have been signed for less than £100m, Boehly faces shelling out another huge sum to acquire at least one of the stars of the future.
The 48-year-old has already spent over £300m signing eight new players, as well as sacking Tuchel and appointing Potter and his team. And for that he won’t make a point of thanking Granovskaia any time soon.