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Chelsea in talks to sign Lewis Dunk for £40m

Lewis Dunk

Chelsea are in talks to sign Brighton and Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk for a reported fee of £40m.

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur were in the race to sign the Brighton captain but have now been beaten to his signature by Chelsea.

Now, though, The Sun are reporting Dunk could join Chelsea in a switch worth £40m as Frank Lampard seeks further reinforcements for his beleaguered backline.

Ben Chilwell has been the player heavily linked with a transfer and it’s believed a £60million deal, with add-ons, could be close.

Former Chelsea player Cascarino says landing Lewis Dunk would be a great deal for the club.

“He’s not just a brute that wins headers. He’s a fine footballer,” he remarked about the Brighton star on TalkSports.

“If you said to me, of the bottom half of the table who I think is the very best centre-half, I think it’s him.

“His consistency over a number of seasons has been brilliant. His partnership with [Shane] Duffy was exceptional. He’s moved from a two to a three and he’s done really well in the three as well.

“[Brighton] are a side who have changed their backline so he’s capable of playing not only in a back-four but a back-five, so I think Dunk is well capable and I think h will have that move and because of his level of performance I think he’s owed a chance to play for a top-six club because he’s good enough.”

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