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Chelsea are reportedly closing in on a £40m move for Lewis Dunk as a solution to their defensive woes. The Blues are seeking reinforcements this summer with Frank Lampard looking to bolster a vulnerable rearguard which conceded the most goals in the top half of the Premier League this term. Chelsea ready to listen to transfer offers for two senior midfielders Chelsea had previously identified Declan Rice as a priority target, with the versatile West Ham midfielder having the ability to play at centre-back. But the England international could cost as much as £70m so the Blues are keeping their options open and looking for more affordable alternatives. LATEST LIVE SPORT TV DEALS Dunk appears to be top of that list, having established himself as one of the most consistent central defenders in the top flight over recent seasons.
The 28-year-old has spent his entire career at Brighton, playing for the Seagulls in three different divisions and most recently helping them retain their Premier League spot ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. JUST IN: Chelsea end of season player ratings: Pulisic and Mount excel but star gets a 2 Sign up to FREE email alerts from Football London - Chelsea Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Blues tipped for Dunk Brighton captain and central defender Lewis Dunk is closing in on a move to Chelsea, report the Daily Star. The 28-year-old is Albion's reigning Player of the Year and he could be an alternative to Declan Rice as Chelsea look to bolster the heart of their defence. Capped once by England, Dunk would be an affordable and realistic target for the club in comparison with Rice. Dunk - a boyhood Chelsea fan who is said to have idolised former Blues skipper John Terry - would reportedly command a fee in the region of £40million.
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The former Liverpool star will be moved on again by the Catalan giants this summer and, a hefty wage packet aside, could be a more straightforward deal to process than one involving Havertz. CHELSEA could line up with a new look defence this season if Frank Lampard lands two of his top targets. SunSport can exclusively reveal that a £40million deal is close for Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk. We can also report that Lampard is lining up a shock swoop for veteran Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster. Dunk's arrival at Stamford Bridge could spell the end of Chelsea's interest in £80m-rated West Ham star Declan Rice. 2 Chelsea are closing in on a £40m move for Brighton's Lewis Dunk Credit: Mirror Group The Spaniard looks set for a loan return to Spain and gives Chelsea a further year to scout long-term options including Ajax's Andre Onana and Manchester United's Dean Henderson. Joining Dunk and Foster at the back could be Antonio Rudiger, Reece James and potential new left-back Ben Chilwell from Leicester. 2 Frank Lampard is also lining up veteran Watford goalie Ben Foster Credit: Getty Images - Getty And they could be flanked by Christian Pulisic and new signing Hakim Ziyech. That leaves a free space for a new No10, and that role is likely to be filled by Kai Havertz after he informed Bayer Leverkusen about his intention to move. Finally, Timo Werner looks set to lead the line after a big-money move from RB Leipzig. Should Chelsea's backline be solidified by Dunk and Foster, Lampard's men stand a good chance of challenging Liverpool for their Premier League crown. And it remains to be seen if the Blues can get deals over the line for their preferred targets. Photo by Steven Hadlow/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly losing out to Chelsea in the race to sign Lewis Dunk. The Sun report that the Blues have stolen a march on their London rivals for the Brighton defender, with a £40 million move in the offing. Apparently Frank Lampard sees the Englishman as a means of shoring up his defence, which shipped an alarming 54 league goals in 2019/20. Chelsea have seemingly switched their attention to Dunk after reportedly being quoted a whopping £80 million by West Ham United for Declan Rice (The Times). The development is a blow for Tottenham, who are one central defender down having recently bid farewell to Jan Vertonghen. One wonders if talks may be too far advanced between Chelsea and Dunk now, and if he does go to Stamford Bridge it could be a big regret for the north Londoners. TBR's View – Dunk massively underrated Simply put, Dunk is one of the most underrated central defenders in the Premier League. The star rarely puts a foot wrong for Brighton and often flies under the radar as a result of playing for one of the smaller clubs in the English top-flight. Impressively, he was also only dribbled past 0.5 times per 90, further suggesting him as a solid centre-half. If there is any hint his proposed move to Chelsea could be hijacked, Spurs should be all over it. Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images According to The Sun, Chelsea are set to beat Tottenham Hotspur to the signing of Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk. It's claimed that Spurs are keen on signing Dunk this summer, as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his squad. However, Dunk grew up supporting Chelsea, and allegedly thinks that he is on his way to Stamford Bridge this summer. 7 Footballers Who Failed Medicals: What Happened Next? brid 638255 7 Footballers Who Failed Medicals: What Happened Next? Chelsea are looking at alternative targets having failed to convince West Ham United to sell Declan Rice, and Dunk is the favourite. A £40million fee would allegedly be needed for Dunk, who idolised John Terry and named his dog after Didier Drogba according to the report. Brighton have Adam Webster and new signing Joel Veltman in place at centre back, but there are question marks hanging over Shane Duffy, Ben White and now Dunk. Chloe Knott – Danehouse/Getty Images Tottenham have lost Jan Vertonghen this summer, and Mourinho may well have seen Dunk as a potential replacement having starred at Brighton. However, Dunk turns 29 in November, and splashing £40million on that profile just doesn't seem like something Tottenham will be pursuing this summer – and they surely won't be matching any Chelsea bid for the Englishman. Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images In other news, £27m striker explains why he snubbed Leeds move despite Radrizzani's record-breaking reported bid