Chelsea are ready to make a sensational £48m offer to Brighton for defender Lewis Dunk, according to a report.
It was recently claimed that the Blues had decided against activating their £40m buyback option on Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, and would move on to other targets.
Frank Lampard has favoured using Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma at centre-back this season, with Antonio Rudiger also a strong option and Andreas Christensen redeeming himself in his manager’s eyes.
However, they may still be looking for defensive reinforcements, and the Daily Star claim to know Lampard’s ideal candidate.
They suggest that Chelsea are ready to launch a bid for Lewis Dunk, as the 28-year-old continues to impress for Brighton.
Dunk has played for hometown club Brighton at three levels, winning two promotions with them and establishing himself as one of the best English centre-backs in the Premier League – leading to a sole international cap in November 2018.
The Star suggest he could be in line for bigger things, as he is set to be the subject of a £48m bid from Chelsea – a fee even they admit is “astonishing”.
The price tag would see Dunk become the fourth most expensive English player in history – behind only Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire.
The Blues have been mulling over a potential move for Dunk since the start of the January transfer window, and could soon take action and test Brighton’s resolve.
Dunk had been linked with Leicester City in the summer as a replacement for Harry Maguire, at which time his value stood at £40m, but the Foxes opted to stick with what they already had in reserve.