Chelsea transfer round-up as Blues eye Varane but suffer Bellingham blow

Despite a remarkable turnaround under Thomas Tuchel which has put them in pole position for a top four spot, Chelsea are once again set to active in the summer transfer window.

The Blues have looked solid defensively under the German boss, but are reportedly looking to upgrade their options at the back.

Tuchel has also found it difficult to extract the full potential of his attacking players, though this is partly down to the strikers themselves missing chances.

But with Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech struggling to adapt to life in the Premier League, reinforcements could be on the horizon.

Here, Mirror Football rounds up the latest Chelsea transfer news…

Bellingham blow delivered

Chelsea have suffered a massive blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham.

The 17-year-old has been seriously impressive for Dortmund this season, earning him a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England side.

His performances in the Bundesliga had seen him linked with a move back to the Premier League, with Eurosport reporting that Chelsea are one of the clubs interested.

But Fabrizio Romano has dealt a major blow to the Blues, by tweeting that Dortmund see Bellingham as “untouchable”, meaning he is expected to stay at Signal Iduna Park.

Transfer priority emerges

Though Manchester United have been the main club linked with a move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, it has now emerged that Chelsea also have him high up their shopping list.

As he enters the final year of his contract at the Bernabeu, Varane is expected to leave in the summer.

And now Christian Falk of Bild claims that Chelsea have put Varane at the top of their shortlist as Thomas Tuchel seeks to boost his defensive options.

Donnarumma boost recieved

Despite Edouard Mendy becoming a solid option in goal, his penchant for errors means Chelsea are still searching for a permanent solution at goalkeeper.

One shotstopper they have been linked to is Italy number one Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has become one of the best keepers in the game at AC Milan.

Despite his quality, he will be available on a free transfer this summer and the Blues have received a boost in their pursuit of him, with Calciomercato reporting Milan now expect him to depart.

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