Chelsea have launched a move for Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.
The 28-year-old is the subject of an enquiry from Blues bosses, who are looking to strengthen Frank Lampard ’s options at the back.
Brighton have slapped a £50m asking price on Dunk’s head but, according to The Sunday Times , will not stand in his way of moving to a club of Chelsea’s stature.
Stamford Bridge chiefs are set to splash the cash this month after their ban for the January window was lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Dunk has cut an impressive figure in the Premier League since Brighton’s promotion from the Championship in 2017.
He has won one cap for England, which came in last year’s friendly win against the United States of America.
Lampard has admitted Chelsea fans should not expect any imminent activity.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, he said: “No, not at the moment. But what is close? It’s January, and if it’s right we’ll look at it.
“Nothing’s imminent, we’re not going to have any big news today, or tomorrow.”
A move for a centre-back is considered a priority amid speculation over Andreas Christensen’s future.
The Denmark international has been a fringe member of Lampard’s squad but the Chelsea boss has ruled out an exit.
“I can rule it out,” he said.
Lewis Dunk has enjoyed another solid season for Brighton
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“I like Andreas as a player; I’ve always liked him. I used to train with him and saw the talent coming through.
“I want Andreas to be the best he can be. When you see the height, the athleticism and the quality on the ball. The reality is we have competition at centre-back here.
“I have to choose on what I see and generally two of them won’t be happy.”