Chelsea reportedly want to ‘gatecrash the race’ for Jude Bellingham as Todd Boehly ‘attempts to make inroads’ with the teenager’s camp.

Reports in the last weeks and months have surrounded the future of the England international, whose performances for Borussia Dortmund have caught the eye of European giants wanting to secure his signing next summer.

It’s thought it will cost interested parties £130m to steal him away from the Bundesliga side, with Liverpool and Real Madrid rumoured to have made the most ground.

But The Telegraph claim the Todd Boehly-Clearlake Capital ownership ‘have already attempted to make inroads into the Bellingham camp’, with Boehly believing ‘Chelsea have enough time to make a serious play’ for the 19-year-old.

Chelsea are aware that Liverpool and Madrid are vying for pole position but are looking to ‘gatecrash the race’ (not that it’s possible to gatecrash a race) and are ‘attempting to muscle their way’ alongside the pair ‘at the front of the queue’.