Lewis Dunk to Chelsea: £50m fee, Blues ‘enquire’ about defender and Brighton’s stance

The January transfer window gives clubs the chance to add to their squad in preparation for the end of season run-in.

Chelsea are now able to add players after facing a transfer ban during the summer transfer window. That ban has now been lifted, and Frank Lampard will be looking to make additions in the next few weeks.

The Blues boss is said to have a budget of around £150 million to spend during the window, with many players already linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

One of the most recent links is Brighton and Hove Albion captain Lewis Dunk, who has impressed since the Seagulls’ promotion to the Premier League.

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Here is everything we know about Chelsea’s interest in the defender.

Chelsea ‘enquire’ about defender

According to the Times , Chelsea have sent an enquiry to Brighton over the availability of the defender, as Frank Lampard looks to add options to his defence.

The Blues have struggled defensively since Lampard took over, and could turn to Dunk, who has one full England international cap to his name.

£50m asking price

The same report in the Times claim that Brighton have valued the defender at a fee of around £50 million, having come up through the academy at Brighton.

However, the report also states that the Seagulls would not stand in the defender’s way in joining a club with the stature of Chelsea should a reasonable offer be made.

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