Chelsea are considering a move for Lewis Dunk in the January transfer window, with Brighton prepared to sell the defender if their £50m asking price is met.
Frank Lampard is free to splash the cash this month after the Blues’ saw their two-window transfer ban halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month.
And reports suggest he is targeting defensive reinforcements in the winter market, such as Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and West Ham’s Issa Diop.
Yet according to The Times, Lampard is also eyeing up a potential deal for Brighton centre-half and England international Dunk.
The Seagulls are prepared to offload him this month if Chelsea cough up the £50m fee they are demanding, which would make him a more expensive signing than Ake.
When the Blues offloaded Ake to Bournemouth in 2017, they inserted a £40m buy-back clause in the deal and therefore could opt to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues can re-sign Nathan Ake by activating his £40m buy-back clause
Nevertheless, transfer expert Ian McGarry believes Dunk would prove a better recruit for Lampard than Ake, pointing out the former’s idolisation of Chelsea legend John Terry.
“In Lewis Dunk I think you have someone who actually sees Terry as a mentor, or as an idol,” McGarry said on The Transfer Window podcast.
“In his formative playing days in the academy at Brighton & Hove Albion he looked up to Terry as his ideal centre-back.
But now they are eyeing up a potential deal for Dunk, who idolised John Terry in his younger days
“I think you can see in the way he plays he leads by example, he puts his body on the line constantly and he’s even had the mick taken out of him for the fact that he’ll belly flop into a block, the way that John Terry often did as well.
“But also he’s a natural leader of men on the field. He’s someone…