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Chelsea make enquiries over £50m rated centre-back Dunk

Chelsea are said to have made enquiries about the availability of Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

Frank Lampard’s scouting team are monitoring a whole host of players at present, the club prepared to invest this month following the lifting of their transfer-ban – though only if the right players are available.

Chelsea are believed to be in the market for defensive additions having kept just five clean sheets so far this season, Lampard keen to reinforce his options at the back as the club looks to continue their push towards a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.

According to The Times, Brighton’s Dunk has now emerged as a potential target, the one-cap England international having impressed as the Seagull’s have established themselves in the Premier League.

Whilst Graham Potter’s side would likely be reluctant to lose their captain mid-season, there is an acceptance that the club would not stand in Dunk’s way should a club of Chelsea’s stature come calling.

The report claims that Brighton value the centre-back in the region of £50m, though Chelsea will have significant funds to spend following their inactivity last summer along with the £100 million departure of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

Aside from Dunk, Chelsea have also been linked with West Ham’s Issa Diop and Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, the West London side having a £40m buy-back clause in the contract of the latter after his move from Stamford Bridge to Eddie Howe’s side in 2017.

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