Frank Lampard’s side have struggled at the back but have a big budget to work with after their transfer ban.
And they have been told to dig deep if they want to sign the defender, who would cost them £50m.

Another option could be a player-plus-cash deal if any of their players wanted to be guaranteed first-team football on the South Coast.
Chelsea boss boss Frank Lampard says injuries to Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi are not serious.

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Ziyech and Hudson-Odoi Goedkope voetbalshirt had suffered hamstring issues, depleting the Blues’ options out wide amid the busiest period of the season.
But both Morocco wing Ziyech and England star Hudson-Odoi had scans on their injuries on Monday, with Chelsea hoping to see the duo back fit in a fortnight.

The £36m summer signing from Ajax has only played 46 minutes so far this season due to a knee injury he sustained in a pre-season game with Brighton.

During his pre-match conference ahead of their game Goedkope voetbalshirt with Manchester United, Lampard said: “It’s been very difficult to integrate him.

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The left-back – celebrating his 24th birthday – grimaced as he hit the turf just four minutes into the Blues’ 3-0 victory over West Ham, twisting his ankle after clashing with Jarrod Bowen.

The Englishman was replaced by Emerson after a failed attempt to run the injury off – providing a fresh fitness worry in defence with Reece James already a doubt for the Arsenal clash on Boxing Day.