Chelsea have reportedly inquired about Brighton defender Lewis Dunk. The Times has reported that the Blues have made initial contact over the defender and are considering a move.

The 28-year-old has one cap for England and is highly rated by Brighton. The Seagulls value him at around £50 million, and would not prevent a move if that valuation was met by a potential suitor.

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Lampard is keen to bolster his faltering defence that has already conceded 29 league goals this season. Brighton have conceded just one more, despite finding themselves in 14th place. Dunk has been one of the club’s top performers this season and the club will miss him if he makes a move to London.

But do Chelsea need him, and is he the right man to bring in at Stamford Bridge this month?

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The English centre-back has scored an impressive two goals and provided three assists in Premier League games this season and would improve the Blues threat from set-pieces. He would also bring some much-needed experience to a relatively young Chelsea defence.

Dunk would no doubt improve Lampard’s defence, but £50 million might be a step too far. It would be a big investment for a young talent, let alone a 28-year-old who is unlikely to improve much more. His Premier League experience does make the signing a more attractive prospect, but he is not the only one with that.

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Nathan Ake has been heavily linked with the club amid reports of a £40 million buy-back clause in his contract (Daily Mail). The Dutch defender is just 24-years-old and for £10 million less than Dunk, it could be the better option for the Blues.

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