Jude Bellingham rules out Chelsea move after record January spending spree
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 02, 2023 - 07:06AM
Jude Bellingham is set to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

has ruled out a move to as a direct consequence of the Premier League club’s unprecedented January spending spree.

from Benfica on deadline day, ’s squad already looks unrecognisable from the group he inherited from his predecessor Thomas Tuchel in September.

Overall, eight new players were recruited over the course of the last month to the tune of well over £300million.

Potter now faces the unenviable task of trying to assemble as settled starting XI, establishing a style of play and maintaining unity in a dressing room that was already showing signs of discontent during a dismal run of form either side of the World Cup.

Though there is still the second half the current season to navigate, plans to continue spending in the summer are already underway with Chelsea still hopeful of being significant players in the race to sign Bellingham.

Borussia Dortmund appear reluctantly ready to accept the future of the England international lies elsewhere, with the fight boiling down to the Premier League elite and Real Madrid.

According to , however, Bellingham has dismissed the possibility of a move to Stamford Bridge as a consequence of the erratic spending that has left Potter with a delicate balancing act.

Chelsea's January Signings

Enzo Fernandez – Benfica, £106.8m.
Mykhailo Mudryk – Shakhtar Donetsk, £88.5m.
Benoit Badiashile – Monaco, £35m.
David Datro Fofana – Molde, undisclosed.
Andrey Santos – Vasco da Gama, undisclosed.
Joao Felix – Atletico Madrid, loan.
Noni Madueke – PSV, £29m.
Malo Gusto – Lyon, loan.

on deadline day and the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek are likely to depart in the summer.

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton, however, believes his old club have made a disastrous error in dispensing with the experienced Italy international.

‘I’m surprised he’s gone to Arsenal and Chelsea are helping Arsenal,’ former Premier League striker Sutton told the .

‘I think, from Arsenal’s point of view, he may be the signing which helps him win the Premier League. I think that he’s a really talented player.

‘This looks like a compromise because they’re saying “we’re not going to get Moises Caicedo and we’re not going to get Declan Rice in this window”. At 31 it’s a good piece of business, for £10m or £12m it’s cheap as chips.

‘From Arsenal’s point of view, that’s a 10/10 signing. I really think that’s a no brainer and a smart piece of business.’


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