Chelsea are reportedly keeping an eye on Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry alongside a host of top-flight clubs.

According to TEAMtalk, the Blues are monitoring the Championship centre-back and are not alone in their interest.

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It is understood that Tottenham, Liverpool, Bournemouth and Scottish champions Celtic are also keeping tabs on the 21-year-old.

The report details that Boro are reluctant to lose their powerhouse defender and academy product, but should Chelsea consider tempting him away to Stamford Bridge with a big-money move?

Fry is a no-nonsense defender that has managed to break into the side and looks rock solid at Championship level.

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He is a towering centre-back that is a regular for England’s Under-21s side, where he is dominant in the air and also smart with the ball at his feet.

The Boro defender is certainly not a high-profile target, but could he be the next Gary Cahill at Chelsea if given the chance?

Cahill, 32, has slipped outside of the side under Maurizio Sarri this term, but he has been a brilliant servant at Stamford Bridge.

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He has won seven major trophies since he joined from Bolton back in 2012, including two Premier League titles and the famous Champions League.

The Blues faithful have adored the defender for his consistency at the back and his willingness to put his body on the line.

There are similarities between the English pair of Cahill and Fry in terms of their imposing style, which is why the latter could be a potential natural heir.