Manchester City are interested in signing Mateo Kovacic, with the Chelsea midfielder facing a big decision over his future this summer.
They battled Chelsea for his signature but lost out after the Blues signed the midfielder on loan from Real Madrid before making the deal permanent the following year.
Chelsea’s owners want their players to commit to two years or more and those with contracts with less time are facing uncertain futures.
Liverpool are keen on signing Mason Mount, who will also have just one year left on his deal in the summer, while AC Milan are the favourites to snap up Ruben Loftus-Cheek as the Blues prepare a fire sale to reduce the number of players in the squad.
As Kovacic enters the final 12 months of his contract, his future remains one of the most immediate concerns while City see the player as a top professional with Premier League experience who could help plug the gap immediately.
But allowing the former Inter Milan star to join a Premier League rival would be damaging for a Chelsea side that harbours dreams of reaching their level domestically, while Kovacic has been a fan favourite during his last few years at the club.
City’s dream scenario would be to sign both Bellingham and Kovacic, though it would rely on whether the midfielder signs a new contract at Chelsea or not.