Date: 8th March 2023 at 7:23pm
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Chelsea progressed into the last eight of the Champions League on Tuesday courtesy of a 2-0 win over German side Borussia Dortmund. 

The Blues, who had won just three of their previous 15 games across all competitions, overturned a 1-0 first leg deficit thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz either side of the break.

Jude Bellingham missed a glorious opportunity to draw Dortmund level at Stamford Bridge, but the midfielder put his close range effort wide of Kepa Arrizabalaga’s post.

The ex-Birmingham City man is set to be the subject of interest from several clubs this summer, but new reports suggest that potential suitors will have to pay a premium to land the midfielder.

According to 90min, the Bundesliga outfit will not lower their asking price for Bellingham, who has been the subject of interest from clubs including Liverpool, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Dortmund would reportedly demand a club record fee for Bellingham, who has scored ten goals and provided six assists in 32 games across all competitions so far this term.

Chelsea are another club that has been linked with the England international, but the report claims that the other three interested parties are Bellingham’s preferred destinations.

Bellingham was unable to prevent Dortmund’s Champions League exit against Chelsea

Dortmund have reportedly allowed Bellingham’s family and representatives to talk to other clubs, but remain insistent that they will not lower their demands and are still hopeful of agreeing a contract extension with the player.

The midfielder’s current deal is due to expire in 2025, but his current employers are hopeful that he will remain in Germany beyond this summer with a new and improved deal.

The 19-year-old joined Dortmund from Championship side Birmingham City back in 2020 and has since established himself as one of the world’s best midfielders.

The Englishman has already made more than 120 appearances for Dortmund, captaining the club on several occasions.

He was a regular for England at the World Cup in Qatar last year, scoring his first senior international goal during The Three Lions’ 6-2 group stage win over Iran.

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