Lewis Dunk has left the door open to a potential Chelsea transfer despite signing a new contract at Brighton.
The Blues are desperate to bolster their backline despite the arrivals of Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.
Frank Lampard has made signing a centre-back a priority after a particularly shoddy year at the back, letting in 54 goals in the Premier League, the most in the top 10.
A transfer ban last year meant the Englishman was unable to bring in any players in his first year in charge.
But after securing Champions League football, that is set to all change with six new faces at training.
Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech have signed as well as Silva and Sarr.
Lewis Dunk has been linked with a move to Chelsea
Lampard wants to sign another centre-back, with Dunk on the shortlist as well as Declan Rice.
However, Brighton have tied Dunk down to a new contract that has seemed to rule out a transfer away from the south coast.
But his agent has left the door open to the Blues over a potential move.
“Every game you go and watch Brighton, he’s in the top three players for sure. He’s the best player… I might be biased but I think if Brighton lost him that’d be a massive blow to them. The owner has been great, the owner and the board, every time we’ve asked for a new contract,” he told Sports Mole.
“I think he’s signed a new five-year contract five summers out of the last six.
“They’ve kept bumping him up because there is interest and they want to keep him and keep him happy.
“They nip it in the bud really, if there is a little bit of interest they give him a long-term contract, up his money so they’ve managed him as a club really well.
Chelsea had been linked with Lewis Dunk
“They’ve been really fair – a lot of clubs would say ‘well, you’ve got four years left so no, unlucky’ but they’ve said ‘no actually you’ve done great and we’re pushing the barrier up again and we’re…