Chelsea had stepped up their efforts to sign Manchester United target Jude Bellingham before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

Football in England has come to a halt and the unprecedented pause midway through the season has seen several moves be put on hold.

Clubs are unclear as to the financial ramifications with Covid-19 causing fixtures to be postponed indefinitely.

But before the country went into lockdown the Blues had held talks with Bellingham's representatives over a potential move to west London.

Chelsea and United are set to go at it for most of the summer with both clubs also eyeing Jadon Sancho.

Jude Bellingham could be the subject of a bidding war

His current employers, Borussia Dortmund, are another one of the clubs potentially in for Bellingham however, reports the Daily Mail.

The 16-year-old has been a mainstay in the Birmingham team and looks destined for bigger things.

A £30m price tag has been touted with Bellingham already visiting Carrington as United look to convince him to join.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made adding young, homegrown talent a priority which has led to his interested in Sancho as well as Bellingham.

Jadon Sancho is likely to move for around £100m

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Chelsea though has also proved to be an excellent breeding ground for talent with Frank Lampard filling his first team with English talent.

The former player turned manager is looking to make up for lost time however having failed to add a single player since taking over.

Part of that was down to a transfer ban meaning this summer is likely to see the Blues splash the cash.

A forward is certainly on the agenda hence their Sancho interest with the wonderkid supposedly a Blues fan growing up.

But Bellingham has emerged as a new target and would also give them an edge over United were they to win the battle for his signature.