Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has surprisingly advised Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham to snub the Blues in favour of moving to Premier League title rivals Liverpool.
Bellingham, 18, has been in Germany for over a year now and Johnson has been impressed with his form and maturity since being given the chance of breaking into the first team.
His performances last season in the Champions League pricked up the ears of the elite clubs in England including Man City manager Pep Guardiola who was more than impressed with what he saw of the teenager in the Yellow and Black’s 2-1 defeat to the Cityzens in the quarter-final home leg last season.
“I can’t believe it, maybe he’s a liar!” Guardiola said about Bellingham’s young age when City faced Dortmund last season in the Champions League.
“He’s so good for 17 years old [at the time of the quote], he’s a fantastic player. There was one moment when he didn’t get the ball from central defenders, how he shouts and demands that ball to him at 17 means a lot.
“I spoke with his manager, Edin [Terzic], and he told me what you see in these two games is like every training session.”
With the magnitude of the competition involved in trying to acquire the 18-year-old talent, this transfer operation could seem impossible to Marina Granovskaia and Johnson’s view on the situation doesn’t make good reading if you are a fan of the European Champions.
“I’d probably say Liverpool,” the 37-year-old said to The Sun when delivering his verdict on who Bellingham should join.
“Even though Liverpool do have superstar players, they also have a smaller squad.
“And they don’t have those superstar players sitting on their bench banging the door down, so it’s easier to keep the squad happy.
“If Jude was to make the move to Liverpool then I believe they can nurture him better than his other suitors and will give him more time as that’s what he will need.
“If he was to go to Chelsea or Manchester City and didn’t perform straight away then the pressure would be immediately on him and he would be stepped aside and somebody else would come in and take his place.
“Liverpool’s smaller squad would help him in that sense.”
It has already been reported by German outlet Sport Bild that Hans-Joachim Watzke will not let him leave for anything less than a mammoth price of €100million (£85m) if they are going to be successful in prising away the Three Lions international from the continent in the upcoming transfer windows.
football.london understands that the Blues may look for cheaper midfield options across Europe with Aurelien Tchouameni high-up on the shortlist if Bellingham was to move elsewhere within the Premier League remit.
The inflated price of £85million could also deter Granovskaia from making a move for the England talent with Transfermarkt valuing the player in question at nearly half the price of £49.5m.
Is the English tax going to be enough to put the Chelsea hierarchy off making a substantial move for the Bundesliga talent?
High transfer fee demands coupled with Johnson’s words and the substantial competition for his signature may force the Blues to seek out other midfield options across the continent in the upcoming mid-season transfer window.
Source by Football London