Chelsea will keep a close eye on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham in case they can’t land Declan Rice, according to reports.
Frank Lampard wanted to sign Rice back in the summer, but a deal never materialised.
The Chelsea boss is still said to be keen on bringing the 21-year-old in, but West Ham are standing firm on their £70million valuation of their prized asset.
And according to Eurosport, the Blues will monitor how Bellingham develops at Borussia Dortmund as they consider him a potential alternative to Rice in the future.
The 17-year-old was courted by Europe’s top clubs last summer following an outstanding breakthrough campaign at Birmingham City.
But despite interest from the likes of Manchester United, Bellingham opted to move to the Bundesliga club to fast-track his progress.
The report states that although Lampard views Rice as the ‘perfect addition’, Chelsea’s hierarchy are asking questions over whether they need him at this moment in time.
The west London club are also said to be considering moving for Bellingham ahead of Rice in 2022, if they can get through until then with N’Golo Kante in midfield.
French World Cup winner Kante has previously been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, and Eurosport claim that there are some doubts about how long he will stay at the club.
The report also says that Chelsea are admirers of the fact that Bellingham can operate as either or a number six or number eight in midfield.
The midfielder came on as a second-half substitute and became England’s third-youngest full international.