Chelsea launch £48m defender bid after ending pursuit of former target

Chelsea are able to make a sensational £48m offer to Brighton for defender Lewis Dunk, consistent with a report.

It was recently claimed that the Blues had decided against activating their £40m buyback option on Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, and would advance to other targets.

Frank Lampard has favoured using Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma at centre-back this season, with Antonio Rudiger also a robust option and Andreas Christensen redeeming himself in his manager’s eyes.

However, they’ll still be trying to find defensive reinforcements, and therefore the Daily Star claim to understand Lampard’s ideal candidate.

They suggest that Chelsea are able to launch a bid for Lewis Dunk, because 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 together of the simplest English centre-backs within the Premier League – resulting in a sole international cap in November 2018.

The Star suggest he might be in line for bigger things, as he’s set to be the topic of a £48m bid from Chelsea – a fee even they admit is “astonishing”.

The price tag would see Dunk become the fourth costliest English player in history – behind only Kyle Walker, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire.

The Blues are mulling over a possible move for Dunk since the beginning of the January transfer window, and will soon take action and test Brighton’s resolve.

Dunk had been linked with Leicester City within the summer as a replacement for Harry Maguire, at which era his value stood at £40m, but the Foxes opted to stay with what they already had in reserve.


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