Chelsea may have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund starlet Jude Bellingham.
Eurosport first reported that the Blues were eyeing a potential move for Bellingham as a potential alternative to West Ham United’s Declan Rice earlier this year.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have since been linked with the former Birmingham City playmaker on numerous occasions but would likely have to fork out a monumental transfer fee, with CIES Football Observatory valuing him at €120-150million (£102-127million).
Now, according to The Daily Star, Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips will snub a move to Manchester United given the potential fan backlash he would face if he swapped Elland Road for Old Trafford.
The report claims that this could leave the door open for Liverpool to swoop in instead, with the Reds reportedly interested in the English international following a stellar 18-months for club and country.
Liverpool targeting Phillips could make Chelsea’s pursuit of Bellingham much easier as the Merseyside-based club have also been linked with the 18-year-old in recent months.
Still, Glen Johnson, who played for both clubs, has previously told the Dortmund starlet to consider a move to Anfield over Stamford Bridge.
“I’d probably say Liverpool,” the 37-year-old told The Sun last month when delivering his verdict on who Bellingham should join.
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“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.”
Source by Football London